Exhibit on “Pius XII: the Man and his Pontificate”

Source: FSSPX News


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The exhibit will be on display in the Charlemagne Wing off St. Peter’s Square, on the left side of Bernini’s columns from November 4, 2008 until January 6, 2009.  The exhibit shows many documents, some of them unpublished, an abundance of photos, personal objects and works of art, which belong to all the various periods of the life of Eugenio Pacelli, from his boyhood to his death. The organizing committed underlined that often historiography insists too much on the pope as a man of politics, a diplomat, and on his role during the war and forgets that first and foremost Eugenio Pacelli wanted to be a priest. On the other hand, it recalls the very special links which united Pope Pius XII to the city of Rome. He deeply felt this Romanity, as well as the Romanity of the Church. “This aspect was most important, and is a capital element to understand his action during and after the war.”

On the occasion of the inauguration, Archbishop Walter Brandmuller, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Science, said that the exhibit was “opportune considering that since 1962 an orchestrated campaign of defamation had been waged against the memory of the Pontiff.” And he added: “The historical truth must be made known.” A very exhaustive catalog of the exhibit was published under the authority of the Pontifical Committee: L’Uomo e il pontificato 1876-1958, “The Man and His Pontificate, 1876-1958,” (Vatican Publishing House) in order to “make better known a Pontiff who is rightly recognized as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century.” (Sources: apic/idmedia/zenit)