On February 7th, 1878, Pope Pius IX died. Archbishop Lynch saved the February 16th issue of Canadian Illustrated News commemorating the late pontiff:
|The Late Pope Pius IX.|
February 16th, 1878
Archbishop Lynch Fonds
Pope Pius IX Fast Facts:
- He was history's longest serving Pope, from June 16th, 1846 to February 7th, 1878.
- He was the last sovereign of the Papal States, which were seized by the Kingdom of Italy over several years ending in 1870.
- He was known as 'Pio Nono.'
- He convened the First Vatican Council, which defined Papal Infallibility.
- He defined the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
- He brought rail service to the Papal States, and his private rail cars are on display in Rome.
- He raised Toronto to a metropolitan see in 1870, making Bishop Lynch an Archbishop.
- He created 17 dioceses in Canada.
- He was the first pope to be formally photographed.
- He suffered from epilepsy.
- He was beatified September 3rd, 2000, by Pope Saint John Paul II.