PROJECT OF A MEDAL OF LAST RE-PAPI (25 February 1865)
on cap: Cupi LATRONUM (the hive of thieves)
is written on the collar: We can not
We can not is a Latin phrase that literally means “we can not”.
The formula is derived from the early Christian tradition: We can not (not to mention Gesù Cristo) is the phrase that the apostles Peter and John would be opposed to those who asked them not to preach the Gospel immediately after the death of Christ .
La frase fu rilanciata da Papa Pio IX, who used this formula to respond to the attempts of Regno d’Italia to deal with the Vatican to solve the Roman question.
The term, already being used in environments such as papal motivation of waste, was used subsequently for the most part of the political and diplomatic relations between the Vatican and’Italy.