Mun, Albert, comte de

Mun, Albert, comte de

(älbĕr` kôNt də möN), 1841–1914, French Roman Catholic leader and politician. A monarchist at first, he later loyally supported the Third Republic. He was one of the few French Catholics of his day to attempt to implement the encyclical Rerum novarum (1891) issued by Pope Leo XIIILeo XIII,
1810–1903, pope (1878–1903), an Italian (b. Carpineto, E of Rome) named Gioacchino Pecci; successor of Pius IX. Ordained in 1837, he earned an excellent reputation as archbishop of Perugia (1846–77), and was created cardinal in 1853.
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, which dealt with the conditions of the working classes and the need for church action to remedy those conditions. Mun led in organizing associations of Catholic workers and advocating social reforms. A strong nationalist, he was bitterly hostile to Germany.

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See study by M. Lynch (1952).

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