The Pope and Mussolini
the secret history of Pius XI and the rise of Fascism in Europe
The Pope and the dictator. A new pope ; The march on Rome ; The fatal embrace ; Born to command ; Rising from the tomb ; The dictatorship ; Assassins, pederasts, and spies ; The pact
Enemies in common. The savior ; Eating an artichoke ; The return of the native son ; Cardinal Pacelli hangs on ; Mussolini is always right ; The Protestant enemy and the Jews ; Hitler, Mussolini, and the Pope ; Crossing the border ; Enemies in common ; Dreams of glory
Mussolini, Hitler, and the Jews. Attacking Hitler ; Viva Il Duce! ; Hitler in Rome ; A surprising mission ; The secret deal ; The racial laws ; The final battle ; Faith in the King ; A convenient death ; A dark cloud lifts ; Heading toward disaster.
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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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