Pope Pius XII Archives - Crux



  • More and more, Parolin’s the face of authority in Francis’s Vatican

    More and more, Parolin’s the face of authority in Francis’s Vatican

    At the beginning, expectations were that “Vatican reform” under Pope Francis would mean a substantially diminished role for the Secretariat of State, traditionally the place’s 800-pound gorilla. Of late, however, things have been trending in the other direction, and in Cardinal Pietro Parolin, we may be looking at the most powerful Cardinal Secretary of State since Eugenio Pacelli in the 1930s.

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  • Reflections on ‘Tettamanzi lesson’ for handicapping papal elections

    Reflections on ‘Tettamanzi lesson’ for handicapping papal elections

    Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan, for much of his tenure, was considered a slam-dunk obvious candidate to be pope. In the end, he had no real traction, which illustrates a key insight about papal conclaves: Like most other electoral exercises, sometimes front-runners win, and other times they vanish before your very eyes.

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  • BBC owes us the truth on the Church and the Nazis

    BBC owes us the truth on the Church and the Nazis

    The BBC reporter stated as fact that, “Silence was the response of the Catholic Church when Nazi Germany demonized Jewish people and then attempted to eradicate Jews from Europe.” Lord Alton demands that the BBC report the actual facts about Pius XII.

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