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Soviet propaganda fueled campaign against Pius XII: Jesuit journal

April 03, 2009

The persistent complaint that Pope Pius XII was sympathetic toward Hitler's Nazi regime has been thoroughly undermined by historians, but the "black legend" persists. Writing in the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, Father Giovanni Sale traces that legend back to Soviet publicists, who were eager to undermine papal authority and to distract attention from the Kremlin's own earlier alliance with Hitler.

Articles published in Civilta Cattolica are regarded as especially significant because they are approved in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State.


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