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States of the Church (Papal States)
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1. The rise and development of the Papal States to some extent runs parallel to that of the idea of the primacy. Although the papal possessions became a State strictly speaking only in the 8th century, its roots reach back into earlier centuries, if not actually to the time of Constantine. The intensification of the cult of Peter from the 5th century onwards, both in Rome and beyond, resulted in lavish gifts on the part of the Emperor and nobility. Known from the 6th century as the patrimonium Petri, this large area of land in the possession of the Roman Church was mainly concentra…

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Hermann Tüchle, “States of the Church (Papal States)”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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