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7 October 1272 Pope Gregory X protects the Jews from Blood Libel accusation #otdimjh

Canon law was hostile to Jews in wording, but the popes also refused to accept popular violence against Jews. The following letter of Pope Gregory X (1271 -1276) incorporates material from earlier letters of Innocent III (1198-1216) and Innocent IV … Continue reading

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29 September 1843 Pope Gregory XVI Orders Inquiry on Jews Employing Christians in the Ghetto #otdimjh

Pope Gregory XVI orders an inquiry into reports that Jews are employing Christians in certain ghettos. The Holy Office finds that papal edicts on the matter are being ignored and offers a “compromise” of “tolerance” [article by Austin Cline]. Jews … Continue reading

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20 August 1826 Pope Leo XII Forbids Jews Leaving Ghetto in Rome Without Written Permission #otdimjh

A new edict from Pope Leo XII forbids Jews from leaving their ghetto in Rome without a written permit from the Criminal Tribunal [from skepticism.org] While outside the ghetto, Jews are forbidden from speaking in a “familiar way” with Christians. … Continue reading

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19 July 64c.e Great fire of Rome used by Emperor Nero to scapegoat Messianic Jews #otdimjh

In a hot July summer of 64 A.D., a fire broke out near the Capena Gate (the marketplace near the Circus Maximus) and spread quickly across the entire Circus, and finally it was completely out of control, the fire destroyed … Continue reading

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12/14 July 1555 Papal Bull “Cum Nimis Absurdum” establishes Roman Ghetto and revokes Jewish community rights #otdimjh

Cum nimis absurdum was a papal bull issued by Pope Paul IV dated 12 July 1555. It takes its name from its first words: “Since it is absurd and utterly inconvenient that the Jews, who through their own fault were … Continue reading

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19 February 1543 Pope Paul III opens House of Catechumens in Rome

CATECHUMENS, HOUSE OF (Casa dei catecumeni), institution in Rome for intended converts (catechumens) and converts in Christianity (neofiti). A building in Rome to house intended Jewish or Muslim converts to Christianity was allocated by Pope Paul III in 1543. In … Continue reading

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