Thursday, May 13, 2010

On May 13

On this day in ...
... 1871, in the wake of the overthrow of the Papal States the year before, la Legge delle Guarantigie, a statute that described the relationship between the Italian State and the Holy See, was passed by the Parliament at Rome. By this Law of Guarantees the pope was declared sacred and inviolable, and certain honors, such as the Swiss Guard and an annual endowment of more than $600,000, were accorded him. But the Vatican refused to accept the endowment or the implication that it was beholden to Italy rather than itself sovereign. Popes would not leave the Vatican boundaries until 1929, when the Lateran Treaty settled the dispute by naming the Holy See an independent state.

(Prior May 13 posts are here, here, and here)

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