The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
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... Kennedy " came away with the belief that we could accomplish much more by sending a dozen beautiful chorus girls to Rome than a flock of diplomats and a fleet of airplanes.
While he was himself Catholic, Hitler added, he could see no good purpose that Catholicism served in Germany.
These men who come to power through coup d'états need to legitimize themselves through the Vatican.
... he needed the pope to eliminate the remaining Catholic opposition to his rule.
The Pope's decision to consider supporting Mussolini surprised many in the Church.
His commands were to be followed "not immediately, but sooner than immediately," the Pope was fond of saying.
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