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Pope Clement XIII
(1693 -1769)

VATICAN CITY, 1959, bicentennial of sculptor Antonio Canova, showing statue by him, Scott 243
VATICAN CITY, 2009, aerogramme honoring the 250th anniversary of his reign.
The images of the Pope kneeling in prayer is taken from his funerary monument in St. Peter's Basilica done by Antonio Canova.

Clement XIII (Carlo della Torre Rezzonico) was educated by the Jesuits at Bologna. When he was elected to the papacy in 1758, the Portuguese and Bourbon courts were seeking the Suppression of the Society. Clement remained faithful to his old teachers and their order. He wrote to the King of France, to the bishops of France and to other bishops of the world protesting the proceedings of the Parlement again the Order. When finally Parlement suppressed the Jesuits in France in August of 1762 he protested and annulled the laws against them. Three years later at a time when forces were moving strongly to suppress the Society of Jesus throughout Europe, Clement issued his papal bull of 9 January 1765, Apostolicum pascendi. He rejected the calumnies misrepresenting the Jesuits, their institute, spiritual exercises, and ministry, and their theology, he gave formal solemn approval to them, and argued that an attack on their values was an attack on the Church.

The Marquês de Pombal
Sebastiâo José de Carvalho e Mello
(1699 -1782)

Scott 1153 Scott 1553  Scott 1594
PORTUGAL, 1972, the bicentenary of Pombal's reform of the University of Coimbra, Scott 1153
1982, the bicentenary of his death, Scott 1553 & its FDI cancel
1984, Pombal Palace wall tile, Scott 1594

From the time of his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1750, possibly through the influence of a Jesuit, Pombal continued to solidify his power over other nobles and even over the king. He came into conflict, real or imagined, with the Jesuits and had them banished from the court, then seized their properties in Portuguese territories, expelled or imprisoned them, and conspired with other royal courts to force the Pope in 1773 to suppress the order entirely.

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PORTUGAL, 1999, the tercentenary of his death, Scott 2295 and its FDI cancel

Scott 2296
PORTUGAL, 1999, the tercentenary of his death, Scott 2296

Scott CD 1 Scott CD 2 Scott CD 3

In order to raise money for a memorial to Pombal, Portugal in 1925 issued 3 postage tax stamps and overprinted them as 3 postage tax due stamps to collect double the amount if the first tax had not been paid. These were issued in the homeland and in eleven colonies, all using the same common designs. Thus except for denomination, color and overprinting the above three types account for 72 stamps. They show a portrait of the Marquês, a picture of him planning the reconstruction of Lisbon, and his monument in Lisbon.

Pope Clement XIV
(1705 -1774)

Scott 244
1959, bicentennial of sculptor Antonio Canova, showing Canova's image of the Pope
from his tomb in the Church of the Twelve Apostles, Scott 244

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DOMINICA, 2000, the Millennium series of Popes souvenir sheet, Scott 2234

Scott 1661 Scott 1662
SAN MARINO, 2005, the tercentenary of the Pope's birth, Scott 1661-62

MOZAMBIQUE, 2011, a souvenir sheet for Frederick the Great below includes an image of Clement XIV on one of its stamps and some of its selvage.

Scott 1267 Scott 1268
VATICAN CITY, 2004, Europa theme for the year: Vacations, Scott 1267-1268
featuring frescoes of Clement XIV on vacation at Castel Gandolfo

As Cardinal Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli was elected Pope Clement XIV, the Jesuits had been suppressed de facto in France, Spain, and Portugal. Now civil rulers pressed the new Pope to abolish the Order de jure everywhere, and had even required him to make a commitment to this purpose as a prerequisite to his election. While educated by the Jesuits at Rimini and dependent even on the influence of Fr. Ricci, the superior general of the Order, for his creation as cardinal, Clement sided with the Bourbon monarchs, persecuted the Jesuits and finally in the brief Dominus ac Redemptor (July 21, 1773) suppressed the Order. The brief, however, did not impugn the Jesuits, their teaching or morals, and seemed to suppress the Order for the good of the Church rather than from animosity to the Jesuits. It lacked the authority of a papal bull, and was not promulgated in the usual fashion, so that the Swiss cantons of Lucerne, Fribourg, and Solothurn as well as Frederick the Great of Prussia and Catherine the Great of Russia were able to maintain the Jesuit presence in their domains. A second brief Gravissimis ex causis (August 16, 1773) established a commission of 5 cardinals entrusted with the task of informing the Jesuits and handling the many practical problems caused by the Suppression.

The 2004 Vatican issue honoring vacations pictures the vacations of Pope Clement XIV at Castel Gandolfo. He regularly spent the month of October there, and it was there that he consented to the abolition of the Jesuits. He had a small room fitted up with a table for playing a kind of billiards, the balls being thrown by hand. Two frescoes in that room represent scenes in which he is seen with his entourage at the Castel. In one he is on horseback wearing a white riding coat he had specially made for himself; in the other he is taking a stroll in the garden. More

Frederick the Great of Prussia

 Scott 1469 
1926, series of composers, Scott 355
1986, bicentennial of his death and its FCI cancel, Scott 1469

Scott 398 Scott 399 Scott 400

GERMANY, 1933, Potsdam Day, Scott 398-400 and postal card

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GERMANY, 2012, for Frederick's 300th anniversary and its FDI cancel, and special show cancel later in the year, Scott 2647

When the Society of Jesus was suppressed, the Pope permitted the rulers of individual countries not to issue the bull of suppression. Catherine of Russia was the most famous of those who did not promulgate the bull, but Frederick II of Prussia was another. On September 13 1773 he informed Pope Clement XIV that the Jesuits would not be suppressed in Prussia.

MOZAMBIQUE, 2011, the tercentenary of Frederick's birth

Charles III of Spain
(1716 -1788)

Scott 2126 Scott 2588 Scott 1186
SPAIN, 1976, Scott 2126
SPAIN, 1988, Kings and Queens of Spain souvenir sheet, Scott 2588
VENEZUELA, 1978, 200th anniversary of Venezuelan unification,Scott 1186

SPAIN, 1988, special cancel for the bicentennial of Charles's death

Charles III, the King of Spain, in 1767 issued his Pragmatic Sanction by which he expelled the Jesuits from his Spanish possessions,"moved," he said, "by very grave causes . . . which I reserve in my royal mind."

Catherine the Great
(1729 - 1796)

Scott 94 Scott 111
RUSSIA, 1913, Scott 94, surcharged in Scott 111

Pope Clement XIV's decree suppressing the Jesuits required in each place promulgation by the secular ruler. As the decree made no specific accusations against them, not all governments were willing to cooperate. In Russia especially, the once Lutheran, now Orthodox Catherine the Great valued the Jesuits more highly than she did the Pope, and so they continued to exist there, especially in education. Some of the Jesuits elsewhere who had not been thrown into prison took refuge in Russia. When in 1778 she requested the Holy See that the Jesuits in White Russia might have a novitiate, she received the answer that the local bishop should do as he thought best. The local bishop presumably thought it best to give the Empress what she wanted. It is from the Jesuits in Russia, that the Society was later revived worldwide.

Scott 2421h Scott 7321
MALDIVES, 2000, from a mini-sheet to celebrate the Millennium, Scott 2421h
RUSSIA, 2011, celebrating 225 years of insurance in Russia; insurance was started by the manifesto (text shown) of Catherine the Great, Scott 7321

 Scott 6835 Scott 6837a Scott 6834

Scott 6833 Scott 6837 Scott 6836
RUSSIA, 2004, Scott 6833-37

 Scott 7536
GERMANY, 2012, cancel honoring Catherine the Great on the 8th centennial of her native town
RUSSIA, 20 June 2014, souvenir sheet of Catherine with the State Hermitage Museum, Scott 7536

Pope Pius VII
(1742 - 1823)

Scott 246 Scott 530  
VATICAN CITY, 1959, bicentennial of sculptor Antonio Canova, showing statue of Pope Pius VII by him, Scott 246
LIBERIA, 1970, 200th anniversary of Napoleon's birth: Napoleon meets Pope Pius VII by Jean-Louis Demarne, Scott 530
DHUFAR, 1972, this rather poor rendition of Napoleon Inducing Pope Pius VII to Sign the Concordat by Sir David Wilkie
comes from a mini-sheet of 8 different stamps honoring Napoleon;
this exists imperforate, and was overprinted the next year "DE GAULLE ANNIVERSARY 1973"

RAS AL KHAIMA, 1972, souvenir sheet issued both perf and imperf;
CAMEROON, 1969, Scott C125,
both featuring David's Coronation of Napoleon with Pope Pius VII

Born at Cesena in the Pontifical States, the son of Count Scipione Chiaramonti, Barnaba Ciaramont was educated at the Jesuit Collegio dei Nobili in Ravenna. At the age of sixteen he entered the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria del Monte, near Cesena, where he was called Brother Gregory. He became professor at Parma and at Rome in colleges of his order. Pius VI appointed Barnaba abbot of his monastery, and later Bishop of Tivoli and of Imola, and in 1785 cardinal. After the death of his predecessor, Pius VI, the cardinals gathered in conclave elected Barnaba who was crowned as Pius VII on 21 March, 1800, at Venice. He was particularly concerned with France, where the revolution had destroyed the old order in religion no less than in politics. His advances led to the historic Concordat of 1801, which for over a hundred years governed the relations of the French Church with Rome. In the United States Pius VII erected in 1808 the Dioceses of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Bardstown, with Baltimore as the metropolitan see. To these dioceses were added those of Charleston and Richmond in 1820, and that of Cincinnati in 1821. One of the most remarkable successes of his pontificate was the restoration of the Pontifical States, secured at the Congress of Vienna by the papal representative Consalvi. He reestablished the suppressed Society of Jesus for Russia in 1801, for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1804; for America, England, and Ireland in 1813, and for the Universal Church on 7 August, 1814. On 6 July, 1823, Pius VII fell in his apartment and fractured his thigh. As a result of his injuries he died later the next month." More

Saint Narcisa de Jesús
(1833 - 1869)

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ECUADOR, 1992, on her beatification, Scott 1295

The body of Saint Narcisa of Jesus Martillo y Morán lies in the Jesuit church in Guayaquil and the Jesuits had been promoters of her beatification.

Saint Candida Maria de Jesús
(1845 - 1912)

PHILIPPINES, 2007, from a souvenir sheet honoring the 50th anniversary of the Sacred Heart School, Scott 3135c-d
two values of the issues showing Saint Candida Maria de Jesus, foundress of the Hijas de Jesus

This issue, honoring an originally Jesuit school, also shows Saint Candida Maria of Jesus Cipitria, who based her spirituality on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius and founded the Hijas de Jesus with the help of Fr. Michael Herranz, SJ.