Jubilee of Leo xiii



257e pope of the Catholic Church.


The good Pope is so old that one would say he is dead ;

I would never have pictured him like this.

He can hardly say anything... LT-36

As we can see here, this irreverentious sentence has been erased on the original manuscript of Thérèse... but such an old Pope survived many years to Thérèse.

Born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, Leo XIII was the 257th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, reigning from 1878 to 1903. He was the oldest pope (reigning until the age of 93), and had the third longest pontificate, behind his immediate predecessor Pius IX and John Paul II.

He is known for intellectualism, the development of social teachings with his encyclical Rerum Novarum and his attempts to define the position of the Church with regard to modern thinking. He influenced Roman Catholic Mariology and promoted both the rosary and the scapular. He issued a record eleven encyclicals on the rosary, approved two new Marian scapulars and was the first Pope to fully embrace the concept of Mary as mediatrix.

Source : Wikipedia, where we can read his biography. 


During the year 1887, the Pope's jubilee is often mentioned in the newspaper La Croix. The complete newspaper is on line on the website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. More than 140 papers talk about the jubilé durin this 1887 year. One example, 3 avril 1887.


To learn more about Leo XIII, see his page on the Holy See website, and read his encyclicals.


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