||On 29 June,
or the Sunday closest to it, a voluntary collection is taken called "Peterspence"
(also written as "Peter's Pence"). Peterspence, along with investments, once
constituted the Vatican's sole source of income aside from the gifts of
benefactors and voluntary alms.
Originally, Peterspence was a medieval tax of one penny placed by English
Kings on householders who had a certain amount of land. The practice spread
throughout Christendom, but didn't survive the "Reformation." When Pope Pius
IX, though, was driven from Rome and exiled after the Papal States were stolen
by agents of the Masonic "Risorgimento," the practice was brought back, so
that now Catholics voluntarily give in order to support the works of the
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