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Papal praise for film on Hitler's plot against Pius XII

April 12, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI offered words of praise for Pope Pius XII on Friday evening, April 10, after watching a film on the life of the World War II-era Pontiff.

Pope Benedict attended a screening of Under the Roman Sky, a film recounting Hitler's plan to kidnap the Pope. At the conclusion of the movie the Holy Father observed that it had shown "the fundamental role played by Venerable Pius XII in saving Rome and many persecuted people between 1943 and 1944."

The Pope praised the movie for conveying the truth that Pope Pius, in setting policies during the difficult wartime years, was always guided by pastoral care for the people entrusted to his leadership. "Charity is the reason for all actions, for all interventions" by the Roman Pontiff, Pope Benedict said, "and I am happy that this unifying principle also emerges in this film."


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