Edgar Mortara (1852-1940), Italian Jew, principal in the famous "Mortara case," as a child was allegedly abducted by his nurse after she had arranged for his baptism into the Roman Catholic church. In spite of his parents' attempts to recover him, the pope refused to intervene and the boy was held in Rome; he was discovered during the occupation of Rome in 1870, but chose to remain a Roman Catholic.

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