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English: The Mortara case was an Italian cause célèbre that captivated much of Europe and the United States in the 1850s and 1860s. It concerned the Papal States' seizure from a Jewish family in Bologna of one of their children, six-year-old Edgardo Mortara, on the basis of a one-time servant's testimony that she had administered emergency baptism to the boy when he fell sick as an infant. Mortara grew up as a Catholic under the protection of Pope Pius IX, who refused his parents' desperate pleas for his return, and eventually became a priest. The domestic and international outrage against the pontifical state's actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy.
Italian cause célèbre of the 1850s and 1860s
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|Date of birth||27 August 1851|
|Date of death||11 March 1940|
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Media in category "Mortara case"
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- EdgardoMortara.jpg 350 × 475; 124 KB
- Oppenheim - Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara - 1862.jpg 620 × 416; 103 KB