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The Roman State

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Pages: 302

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Luigi Carlo Farini

Excerpt from book: who is the author of peace in heaven, and who is Himself our peace, that all evils by which the Christian community is persecuted, being removed, He would deign to grant to the whole world the peace and tranquillity so much desired. And that the Almighty may more graciously lend an ear to our prayers, let us have recourse to mediators near Him, and first let us pray to the Most Holy Virgin, the Immaculate Mary, who is the Mother of the Lord, and our Mother, and who, as the Mother of Mercy, obtains what she entreats, and cannot but be heard. Let us also implore the intercession of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and of his fellow Apostle, St. Paul, and of all the Saints, who, having already become friends of God, reign with Him in Heaven, that through their merits and their prayers, the most merciful God may liberate the faithful from the rod of His anger, and protect them always, and make them glad with the abundance of His Divine benignity." A very important document was this, which reproved the people, and flattered Austria with singular obsequiousness: praised the clergy and the faithful in France, but not the Government: gave a character for holiness to the Government and King of Naples: made grateful mention of even heterodox powers, but was silent as to Piedmont: reproved or calumniated every man, with the exception of one, who had held office in the Government of Pius IX. before and after the insurrection: implied that the statute was worthless, because it was the result of troublesome times, and the Cardinals knew how it had been produced. Assuredly, the Cardinals and the Court did know how it had been produced, because they alone had framed it: but the laity, who had read in the preamble that it was sanctioned by the Divine aid which had been implored, and the una...  

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