Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Pacelli's War

Pacelli's War

Here is a summary of what is said in the clip:

Guerra di Pacelli: The Pope finds out about Hitler’s plans to invade and take over the Vatican, but he is unwilling to flee. Prince Pacelli does not want any privileges. He multiplied his works of penitence: ate little, no heart in his room, to save paper (recycle), he wrote his drafts (of letters) on the back of used papers; winter of 1944, the Vatican distributed 100, 000 meals each day; many people found refuge at Castelgandolfo; many more were hidden/sheltered (including Jews) in other papal residences and churches. As a form of security, the Pope redoubled the number of soldiers (from 400 to 4000) guarding the Papal residences and churches. The Pope affirmed (May 1950), “Whoever dares to attack Rome will be guilty of matricide.” He was called the last defender of Rome: he was called “Defénsor Civitátis."