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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Friday January 4, 2019 at 5:37 PM
 
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Another parade car, this time sort of sanctified. (PICs) Well, kind of?

FIAT 525N open limousine of 1929 with Pope Pius XI by Veren

The red-hatted figure suggesting Pope Pius XI (1857- 1939, elevated to the papacy in 1922) sits rather stiffly in the rear of Fiat's finest open limousine of 1929. This was the pope who accepted the Lateran Treaty between the newly united Italy and the Vatican. Upon ratification of this Lateran Treaty, the papacy recognized the state of Italy, with Rome as its capital. Italy in return recognized papal sovereignty over the Vatican City, a minute territory of 44 hectares (109 acres), and secured full independence for the pope. This treaty recognized the city of Rome as the “centre of the Catholic world and place of pilgrimage.”
While Pope Pius XI used this great Fiat, on many of his public appearances he was carried in a sedan chair. I'm sure the Fiat was both more comfortable and faster, too.


The Coat of Arms of Pius XI on the rear doors


The Coat of Arms of Pius XI according to the site "Papal Artifacts"


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Another parade car, this time sort of sanctified. (PICs) Well, kind of? by David Holcombe #25103
Prior to this treaty the pope was not permitted to cross into Italy, by Mark Lampariello #25103.1
Thanks, Mark. The emergence of modern Italy has many interesting stories, by David Holcombe #25103.1.1




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