The signed, framed photo of Pope Pius XI is an Apostolic Blessing given to the Reverend Henry Robert Langenfeld on the occasion of his ordination to the priesthood. A Plenary Indulgence at the time of death was also given by the Pope.
Papal Artifacts celebrates the occasion of the Holy Father’s ordination in 1879. Items belonging to or associated with are on Papal Artifacts/Pius XI. His biography, burial site in Saint Peter’s, coat of arms and YouTube about him are featured on Papal History/Pius XI.
Achille Ratti was born May 31, 1857, near Milan, the son of a silk factory manager. He entered the seminary at the age of ten where his scholastic abilities were soon recognized. Ratti eventually earned doctorates in theology, canon law and philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome, but his real interest was in history. He was ordained in 1879, became a professor at the seminary in Padua for eight years and then worked at the Ambrosian Library in Milan, eventually becoming its prefect. In 1912, Pius X made him assistant librarian at the Vatican Library and prefect in 1914. He wrote and published many historical articles and was also an avid mountaineer scaling, among others, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
Papal Artifacts honors the gift of his life to our Church.
The YouTube features his election as pope, not his ordination to the priesthood in 1879.