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Sir Moses Montefiore travels to Rome to attempt the return of Edgardo Montara to his Jewish parents

Pope Pius IX, detail
12/22/1858
Sir Moses Montefiore, leader of Britain's Jewish community, travelled to Rome to attempt the return of a Jewish child Catholic authorities had removed from his parents to raise as a Catholic. Six year old Edgardo Mortana, who a Catholic servant girl had baptized when he was near death from illness, had been removed under the papal law that no baptized Catholic could be raised as a Jew. The French Government had intervened earlier with Pope Pius IX and failed; Montefiore's efforts also had no effect. Mortana was eventually ordained a priest. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Benjamin Vincent, Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information Relating to all Ages and Nations (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1906), 757.

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