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The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958 By John Pollard,

  • Title: The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958
  • Author: John Pollard
  • ISBN: 9780199208562
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914 1958 examines the most momentous years in papal history Popes Benedict XV 1914 1922 , Pius XI 1922 1939 , and Pius XII 1939 1958 faced the challenges of two world wars and the Cold War, and threats posed by totalitarian dictatorships like Italian Fascism, German National Socialism, and Communism in Russia and China The wThe Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914 1958 examines the most momentous years in papal history Popes Benedict XV 1914 1922 , Pius XI 1922 1939 , and Pius XII 1939 1958 faced the challenges of two world wars and the Cold War, and threats posed by totalitarian dictatorships like Italian Fascism, German National Socialism, and Communism in Russia and China The wars imposed enormous strains upon the unity of Catholics and the hostility of the totalitarian regimes to Catholicism lead to the Church facing persecution and martyrdom on a scale similar to that experienced under the Roman Empire and following the French Revolution At the same time, these were years of growth, development, and success for the papacy Benedict healed the wounds left by the modernist witch hunt of his predecessor and re established the papacy as an influence in international affairs through his peace diplomacy during the First World War Pius XI resolved the Roman Question with Italy and put papal finances on a sounder footing He also helped reconcile the Catholic Church and science by establishing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and took the first steps to move the Church away from entrenched anti Semitism Pius XI continued his predecessor s policy of the indigenisation of the missionary churches in preparation for de colonisation Pius XII fully embraced the media and other means of publicity, and with his infallible promulgation of the Assumption in 1950, he took papal absolutism and centralism to such heights that he has been called the last real pope Ironically, he also prepared the way for the Second Vatican Council.
    The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism examines the most momentous years in papal history Popes Benedict XV Pius XI and Pius XII faced the challenges of

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