Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Blessed Pope Pius IX

Today the Church remembers, the longest reigning pope after St. Peter, Blessed Pope Pius IX. He lived from 1792 to February 7, 1878. Pope Pius IX was born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti as the son of Italian nobles. He was elected Pope on June 16, 1846, and he took the name Pius IX.

Pius IX is best known for declaring the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which is about the sinlessness of Mary. During his life, Pius IX was known for unconditional love for the Church, missionaries, and the priesthood.

His beatification process took many years until the miraculous cure of a French nun was attributed to him. Pope John Paul ll declared him blessed on September 3, 2000. His canonization is still pending.

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