February 7 – Death of Pope Pius IX in 1878 Bishop de Mazenod had frequent contact with him. When told of his death, the Pope sent this hand-written note: “We are profoundly grieved at the death of this prelate who, distinguished by his rare love for the faith, his prayer life and his priestly zeal, distinguished himself to an even higher degree by his loyalty, his devotion and his respectful obedience to us and to this Chair of Peter.” OMIapp

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