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30 October 2007

Tuesday 30 October 2007 15:45-16:00 (Radio 4 FM)


Prof Eamon Duffy presents a series on ten great pontiffs.

When he was made Pope in 1846, Pius IX was regarded as a liberal. He held the papal office for longer than anyone else and by the time of his death his reputation was transformed. Dogmatic and intolerant of dissent, he locked the Catholic Church into a confrontation with the modern world. Duffy tells the story of how the papacy coped with the spread of democracy.

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