The Church Against Slavery

Before America’s pope-fever subsides, we should take a moment to wish a happy 250th birthday to Pope Gregory XVI -- a pope to remember.Two hundred fifty years ago, in September 1765, Gregory XVI-to-be was born to an aristocratic Italian family and christened Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari. At 18, he entered the Benedictine monastery of San Michele on Murano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon. In 1786, after three strict years as a novice, he took his Benedictine vows. A year later, he was...

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