Eugenio Pacelli, PPXII, had a voice of gold which matched his heart. That he had a hidden life was a necessity at times due to the following staggering fact.
He lived on the cusp of danger from ‘Der Fuerher’.
Pope Pius XII had a network of spies in Germany during World War II. They consisted of Nazi soldiers, Nazi lawyers, Priests in Germany, and, Hierarchy who were in contact with one another. and with their leader, Pope Pius XII., and who deplored the actions of the Fuhrer. Their aim was to annihilate Adolf Hitler. Secret meetings were held and information was passed … under a curtain of heart stopping danger for all.
A new President had been chosen and agreed upon by all, including the Pope. A new government had been chosen for Germany which was to go into place smoothly.
One attempt failed and it is said that Pope Pius “cried like a child” when he was informed.
July 29, 1944 Hitler was to hold a meeting in the ‘Wolf’s Lair. Claus von Stauffenberg and other conspirators attempted an assasination with a suitcase bomb which was to go off under the table where Hitler was sitting. Plans were precise and only Hitler would have been killed. However, it did not work, and Claus von Stauffenberg, was taken out immediately and shot. He was a Christian General who left behind a family.This was ‘Wolfs Lair’ right afterwards. Church of Spies Mark Riebling 40 pges of footnotes and documents (available from Amazon)
Yet in the midst of all this, Pope Pius XII managed to write the inspiring encyclical: Haurietis Aquas.
Excerpt from Haurietis Aquas: “Faith languishes, hope in eternal life has darkened, and the works of the impious grow worse. More than ever, this seems to be incited by the infernal enemy and his implacable hatred against God, the Church, and him who represents Christ on earth” Haurietis Aquas 117 PPXII
Excerpt from The Contradiction of Our Age’ 1956 PPXII This was a warning to the whole world, given the year of the shocking slaughter of the Hungarian people by Russian Communists. He warned Catholics again not”to go into orgies of optimism over the supposed evolvement of Kruschev’s Communism into an open society welcoming political dissent” … “as the Apostle warns: “It is inconsistent to wish to sit at the table of God and at that of his enemies.” The Antichrist Vincent Micelli, S.J.
March 2, 1875-October 9, 1958
Golda Meir, Israeli Delegate to the UN: Official Condolences: ” When fearful martyrdom came over our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the Pope was raised for the victims.”
The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out on the great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict.
“We mourn a great servant of peace.”
Pope Pius XII was declared Venerable in 2009 and in 1990 Pope Saint John Paul II declared him a Servant of God.