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Rome's Jewish Community Complains to Pope Pius IX About Ghetto Living Conditions

Pope Pius IX

Representatives of Rome's Jewish community send a message to Pope Pius IX complaining about the conditions they live in and asking for release from the many onerous restrictions that have been imposed upon them by recent popes.

Pius IX is willing to allow a few families to live outside the ghetto, but he is unwilling to go much further. He certainly issn't interested in giving Jews the same civil rights as Christians.

Forcing Jews to live in ghettos is one of the most important anti-Jewish measures created by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. Jews are placed in ghettos in order to prevent them from interacting on a normal, human basis with Christians.

A Jewish presence among Christians is abhorred, and Jews themselves are treated like carriers of a pestilence who must be quarantined lest they infect healthy people.

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