Saturday, January 25, 2020

Blessed Pope Blessed Pius IX – Saint of the Day – February 7

Blessed Pope Blessed Pius IX Biography

Blessed Pope Blessed Pius IX Profile. Born: 13 May 1792 in Italy, Europe. Worked in Italy. Died: 7 February 1878 in Vatican City. Feast Day is celebrated on February 7.

The Memorial of Blessed Pope Blessed Pius IX – Saint of the Day

Bl.Pope Blessed Pius IX Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 13 May 1792
Country of Birth Italy of Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Popes
Profession Missionary work
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 7 February 1878
Place of Death Vatican City
Feast Day February 7
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 3 September 2000
Canonization Canonized by N/A
Patron Saint of N/A

Bl.Pope Blessed Pius IX Biography

Bl. Pope Blessed Pius IX was the son of Gerolamo Ferretti being the ninth born. He was an intelligent and religious boy who had epilepsy when young. He schooled at the Piarist college, Volterra, Italy from 1802AD. He later requested to join the Papal Noble Guard but was turned down due to his epilepsy.

Pius studied theology at the Roman seminary during which his epilepsy disappeared. He was ordained a priest on April 10, 1819, in Rome. Became the canon of San Maria in Rome and later chosen the archbishop of Spoleto, Italy on May 21, 1827.

He transferred to be the archbishop of Imola, Italy on December 17, 1832. On 23 December 1839, he was made the Cardinal by Pope Gregory XVI and later chosen the 255th Pope in the Conclave of 1846.

Pius served as the last Pope to hold temporal powers in ruling a secular state. One of his acts was an amnesty for all the prisoners arrested due to political issues. He celebrated the first Vatican council from 1869 to 1870 which was later interrupted by the Franco-Prussian war.

Pius supported several changes in the Papal States which included central Italy and Assisi but he lost the territory due to the merging of the Kingdom of Italy in 1870-1871. He created 123 cardinals and gained a reputation for being a patriotic and making changes in his tenure. Only Saint Peter the Apostle served longer.

Bl.Pope Blessed Pius IX
Bl.Pope Blessed Pius IX