The position of the Pope.
--A French Bishop
, who has lately had an interview with the Pope
, gives out that his Holiness
is firmly resolved not to quit Rome
under any circumstances whatever, and reports the following as the substance of a statement made by the Pope
in the course of conversation.
has not the least doubt that sooner or later France
will withdraw her troops, and that the Piedmontese will take possession of his small remaining territory.
But this "crowning act of spoliation" will in no way change the conduct of the Holy Father
. "I may perish," he says, "but the Papacy will not perish.
I may suffer martyrdom, but the day will come when my successors will enter into the full possession of their rights.
was crucified, and I am here." It being remarked to the Sovereign Pontiff
that he would very soon be penniless, he replied that he was quite devoid of anxiety upon that subject, since he should always be sure of finding three francs a day to live upon, and that was all he wanted.