AN INCIDENT OF THE CORONATION FESTIVAL. – Rome 1881

AN INCIDENT OF THE CORONATION FESTIVAL.

On the morning of the functions in the Sistine  Chapel for the anniversary of the Coronation a poor man named Minetti, whose mind is affected,  managed to make his way to the Sistine Chapel, and afterwards to the apartment of Cardinal Jacobini, who was at the time in the Sistine. Minetti entered the private cabinet of the Secretary of State, and, as the Aurora relates, took off his own clothes and put on the attire of a Cardinal, from the shoes and stockings to the hat and mantillo. He then marched off, receiving salutes from some of the guards, to the ante-camera of the Pope, where he was recognised and taken into custody. On his person were found letters addressed to King Humbert and to Leo XIII. He wishes that his uncle, who died thirty years ago, should be canonised, and says that everything he does is inspired by this holy uncle.

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