This day in Jewish history / Catholic Church 'kidnaps' 6-year-old Jewish Italian boy
After an 'emergency' Baptism, unbeknownst to his parents, Edgardo Mortara was removed from his home and raised by Pope Pious IX. The incident may have contributed to the collapse of the Papal States.
June 23, 1858, marked the beginning of the Edgardo Mortara affair, in which the Catholic Church removed a Jewish child from his home in Bologna, in the Papal States, on the grounds he had been baptized, and proceeded to bring him up as a Christian. Aside from the pure personal drama of the episode, the Mortara affair had important repercussions both in Europe and internationally, and played not a small...
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