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non expedit

(Latin: "it is not expedient"), a late 19th- and early 20th-century policy of the Roman Catholic church that prohibited its Italian members from participating in politics. The non expedit dramatically emphasized that Pope Pius IX and his successors refused to recognize the newly formed Italian state, which had deprived the papacy of its lands in central Italy

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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