The beginning of the longest pontificate in modern history

The beginning of the longest pontificate in modern history

On June 16, 1846, Pope Peter IX was elected, the beginning of the longest pontificate in modern history. Namely, Pius IX. he was pope for as long as 31 years, 7 months and 23 days, which is considerably longer than any other pope for whom the exact length of the pontificate can be calculated. Note that in second place in the length of the pontificate is John Paul II, at 26 years, 5 months and 18 days. Thus, Pius IX. he was in the papal position for about five years longer than John Paul II.

Pope Blessed Pius IX he was born in 1792 under the name of Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti in the town of Senigallia not far from Ancona. He was 54 years old at the time of his election as pope, and he experienced a fairly high 86 years of age. Interestingly, the conclave at which he was elected was the last conclave in history to date that has not been held at the Vatican.

Namely, this election for pope was held in the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, today’s official residence of the Italian presidents of the republic. It was once a papal palace, until the time of the loss of Rome and the Papal State, when activities had to be moved to the Vatican. It was Blessed Pius IX. was the last pope to rule over the vast Papal State.

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