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Death of Pope Pius VIII

Pope Pius VIII

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Pope Pius VIII dies in Rome. Born Francesco Saverio Castiglioni in Cingoli, he has been in very poor health since the day he was elected, though an autopsy reveals that all of his organs appear to be healthy. This gives rise to conspiracies about why he was sick so much and why he died.

As pope, he had to deal with the decline of Church power and growing social problems, problems that afflict several predecessors and successors. He concluded that the primary, if not sole, cause of these problems is Catholic indifference, partly due to increased Protestant missionary work and partly due to a conspiracy of groups like Freemasons.

This led Pope Pius VIII to work hard to fight all three in the expectation that this would make it possible to restore both social order and papal authority over Christendom.

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