It was on 8-18-1870, just one month after the issuance of the papal infallibility dogma issued by the Roman Catholic pope, that national troops of the unified Italy took possession of the patrimony of St. Peter - the Roman province itself. Roman Catholic Pope Pius IX who always held himself high above reproach and any form of correction, was left governor of exactly 480,000 square meters on and around Vatican Hill. Stripped of his earthly possessions, Pious IX literally shut himself up in the apostolic palace and refused to appear in public, even to bless 'his people'. His decisions and actions seem rather childish especially of a person his age and position. Wasn't that his duty as Roman Catholic pope to bless those who were "his people"?