Pope_Pius_XI by zzzmarcus

VIEWS: 146 PAGES: 13

									From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pope Pius XI

Pope Pius XI
Pius XI

Papacy began Papacy ended Predecessor Successor Birth name Born Died

February 6, 1922 February 10, 1939 Benedict XV Pius XII Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti May 31, 1857(1857-05-31) Desio, Italy February 10, 1939 (aged 81) Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Other popes named Pius

Pope Pius XI (Latin: Pius PP. XI; Italian: Pio XI; May 31, 1857 – February 10, 1939), born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, was Pope from February 6, 1922, and sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state on February 11, 1929 until his death on February 10, 1939. He issued numerous encyclicals including Quadragesimo Anno highlighting capitalistic greed of international finance, social justice issues and Quas Primas establishing the feast of Christ the King. He took as his papal motto "Christ’s peace in Christ’s kingdom". Achille Ratti underwent the most unusual papal career in the 20th century. Throughout his life he was an accomplished scholar, librarian but humble priest. He celebrated his 60th birthday as a priest on May 31, 1917 and fewer than five years later, on February 10, 1922, he was elected Pope, succeeding Pope Benedict XV, who was only thirty

months older and thus from the same generation as Ratti. In those five years he had short stints as papal nuncio in Poland, which forced him to leave the country, and as Archbishop of Milan, where he served for a few months before being elected Pope. He chose the name Pius, and his personality was strong , similar to Pius IX and Pius X. But as a scholar, he was open to science and research like no other Pope since Leo XIII. To establish or maintain the position of the Church, he fostered and concluded a record number of concordats including the Reichskonkordat with Germany. Under his pontificate, the 1870 stalemate concerning the Roman Question with Italy over the status of the papacy was finally solved in the Lateran Treaty of 1929 with the assistance of Pietro Gasparri and Francesco Pacelli, brother of the future Pope Pius XII. He was unable to stop the Terrible Triangle consisting of massive Church persecution and killing of clergy in Mexico, Spain and the Soviet Union. While in Mexico and Spain, the persecution was mainly directed against the Catholic Church, hostility in the Soviet Union were directed against all Christians but especially against the Eastern Catholic Churches united with the Vatican. He vehemently protested against both Communism and National Socialism as demeaning to human dignity and a violation of basic human rights, but found no echo or support in the democracies of the West, which he labelled a Conspiracy of Silence. Against totalitarian demands, he fostered the freedom of families to determine on their own the direction of education of their children. In one of his most important encyclicals on the social order of modern society, Quadragesimo Anno he stated that social and economic issues are vital to the Church not from a technical point of view but in terms of moral and ethical issues involved. Ethical considerations include the nature of private property.[1] in terms of its functions for society the development of the individual.[2] He defined fair wages and branded the exploitation both materially and spiritually by international capitalism. He canonized important


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
saints including Albertus Magnus, Thomas More, Petrus Canisius, Konrad von Parzham and Don Bosco. He beatified and canonized Thérèse de Lisieux, for whom he held special reverence. He created the feast Christ the King Pius XI took strong interests in fostering the participation of lay people throughout the Church, especially in the Catholic Action movement. The end of his pontificate were dominated by defending the Church from intrusions into Catholic life and education.

Pope Pius XI
was to involve lay men and women in an organisation, under the close supervision of the bishops, which would actively spread Catholic values and political ideas throughout society. Pius XI also gave his approval to specialised movements like the Jocists, associations of young Catholic industrial workers who aimed to Christianise the workforce, and provide a Catholic alternative to Communist and socialist trade unions. Similar goals were in evidence in his encyclicals Divini illus magistri (1929), making clear the need for Christian over secular education, and Casti Connubii (1930), praising Christian marriage and family life as the basis for any good society, condemning artificial means of contraception, but also acknowledging at the same time the unitive aspect of intercourse as licit: • Any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.[3] • Nor are those considered as acting against nature who in the married state use their right in the proper manner although on account of natural reasons either of time or of certain defects, new life cannot be brought forth. For in matrimony as well as in the use of the matrimonial rights there are also secondary ends, such as mutual aid, the cultivating of mutual love, and the quieting of concupiscence which husband and wife are not forbidden to consider so long as they are subordinated to the primary end and so long as the intrinsic nature of the act is preserved.[3]

Public teaching: "Christ’s Peace in Christ’s Kingdom"

Political teachings
In contrast to some of his predecessors in the nineteenth century, who had favoured monarchy and dismissed democracy, Pius XI took a pragmatic approach toward the different forms of government. In his encyclical Dilectissima Nobis (1933), in which he addressed the situation of the Church in Republican Spain, he proclaimed, that the Church is not "bound to one form of government more than to another, provided the Divine rights of God and of Christian consciences are safe", and specifically referred to "various civil institutions, be they monarchic or republican, aristocratic or democratic".[4]

Pius XI later in his life. Pius XI’s first encyclical as Pope was directly related to his aim of Christianising all aspects of increasingly secular societies. Ubi arcano, promulgated in December 1922, inaugurated the "Catholic Action" movement. The idea


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pope Pius XI
property.[1] within the Catholic Church several conflicting views had developed. Pope Pius XI declares private property essential for the development and freedom of the individual. Those who deny private property, deny personal freedom and development. But, so Pius, private property has a social function as well. Private Property loses its morality, if it is not subordinated under the common good. Therefore governments have a right to redistribution policies. In extreme cases, the Pope grants the State a right of expropriation of private property.[2]

Social teachings
Part of a series of articles on

Social Teachings of the Popes

Capital and labour

Pope Leo XIII Rerum Novarum Pope Pius XI Quadragesimo Anno Pope Pius XII Social teachings Pope John XXIII Mater et Magistra Pacem in Terris Vatican II Dignitatis Humanae Gaudium et Spes Pope Paul VI Populorum progressio Pope John Paul II Centesimus Annus Laborem Exercens Sollicitudo Rei Socialis General Social Teachings of the Popes Catholic social teaching Subsidiarity

Pius XI argued for a reconstruction of economic and political life on the basis of religious values. Quadragesimo Anno (1931), was written to mark ’forty years’ since Pope Leo XIII’s (1878 – 1903) encyclical Rerum novarum, and restated that encyclical’s warnings against both socialism and unrestrained capitalism, as enemies to human freedom and dignity. Pius XI instead envisioned an economy based on co-operation and solidarity .

Pope Pius XI inaugurates Radio Vatican with Cardinal Pacelli in the rear Guglielmo Marconi. A related issue, so Pius is the relation between capital and labour and the determination of fair wages.[5] Pius develops the following ethical mandate: The Church considers it a perversion of industrial society, to have developed sharp opposite camps based on income. He welcomes all attempts to alleviate these cross differences. Three elements determine a fair wage: His family, the economic condition of the enterprise and the economy as a whole. The family has an innate right for development, but this is only possible within the framework of a functioning economy and a sound enterprise. This Pope Pius concludes, that solidarity not conflict is

Private property
The Church has a role in discussing the issues related to the social order. Social and economic issues are vital to her not from a technical point of view but in terms of moral and ethical issues involved. Ethical considerations include the nature of private


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a necessary condition, given the mutual interdependence of the parties involved.[5]

Pope Pius XI

Social order
Industrialization, so Pius XI, resulted in less freedom at the individual and communal level, because numerous free social entities got absorbed by larger ones. A society of individuals became a mass and class society. People are much more interdependent, than in ancient times, and become egoistic or class-conscious in order to save some freedom for themselves. The pope demands more solidarity, especially between employers and employees through new forms of cooperation and communication. Pius draws a negative view of Capitalism, especially of the anonymous international finance markets.[6] He identifies here problems: dangers for small and medium-size enterprises, who have insufficient access to capital markets and are squeezed or destroyed by the larger ones. He warns, that capital interests can become a danger for states, who would be reduced to be “chained slaves of individual interests”[7] Pius XI was the first Pope to utilise the power of modern communications technology in evangelising the wider world. He established Vatican Radio in 1931, and was the first Pope to broadcast on radio.

Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) Warsaw forced his departure as Nuncio. Two years later, he was Pope. He signed concordats with numerous countries including Lithuania and Poland. with the Church’s teachings. Pius XI was interested in supporting serious scientific study within the Church, establishing the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences in 1936. Pius XI strongly encouraged devotion to the Sacred Heart in his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor (1928). He canonised some important saints: Bernadette Soubirous, Therese of Lisieux, John Vianney, John Fisher, Thomas More, and John Bosco. He also named several new Doctors of the Church: John of the Cross, Albert the Great, Peter Canisius and Robert Bellarmine. Pius XI was the first Pope to directly address the Christian ecumenical movement. Like Benedict XV he was interested in achieving reunion with the Eastern Orthodox (failing that, he determined to give special attention the Eastern Catholic churches). He also allowed the dialogue between Roman Catholics and Anglicans which had been planned during Benedict XV’s pontificate to take place at Mechelen. However, these enterprises were firmly aimed at actually reuniting with the Roman Catholic Church other

Internal Church affairs and ecumenism
In his management of the Church’s internal affairs Pius XI mostly continued the policies of his predecessor. Like Benedict XV, he put a great emphasis on spreading Catholicism in Africa and Asia and on the training of native clergy in these "mission territories". He ordered every religious order to devote some of its personnel and resources to missionary work. Pius XI continued the approach of Benedict XV on the issue of how to deal with the threat of modernism in Catholic theology. The Pope was thoroughly orthodox theologically and had no sympathy with modernist ideas that relativised fundamental Catholic teachings. He condemned modernism in his writings and addresses. However, his opposition to modernist theology was by no means a rejection of new scholarship within the Church, as long as it was developed within the framework of orthodoxy and compatible


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christians who basically agreed with Catholic doctrine, bringing them back under Papal authority. To the broad pan-Protestant ecumenical movement he took a more negative attitude. He condemned, in his 1928 encyclical, Mortalium Animos, the idea that Christian unity could be attained by establishing a broad federation of many bodies holding varying doctrines (the widespread view among Protestant ecumenists); rather, the Catholic Church was the one true Church, all her teachings were objectively true, and Christian unity could only be by achieved by non-Catholic Christian denominations rejoining the Catholic Church and accepting the doctrines they had rejected.

Pope Pius XI
tacitly settled and a bearable coexistence made possible. In 1926 Pius XI condemned Action Française, the monarchist movement which had until this time operated with the support of a great many French Catholics. The Pope judged that it was folly for the French Church to continue to tie its fortunes to the unlikely dream of a monarchist restoration, and found the movement’s tendency to defend the Catholic religion in merely utilitarian and nationalistic terms, as a vital contributing factor to the greatness and stability of France, unorthodox. Although the condemnation caused great heartache for many French Catholics, most obeyed and Action Française never really recovered.

Papal styles of Pope Pius XI

Relations with Italy and the Lateran Treaties
Pius XI aimed to end the long breach between the papacy and the Italian government and to gain recognition once more of the sovereign independence of the Holy See. This goal led to one of his signature achievements, the signing in 1929 of the Lateran Treaty with the Italian government and the establishment of an independent Vatican City State. Most of the Papal States had been seized by the forces of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1861 – 1878) in 1860 at the foundation of the modern unified Italian state, and the rest, including Rome, in 1870. The Papacy and the Italian Government had been at loggerheads ever since: the Popes had refused to recognise the Italian state’s seizure of the Papal States, instead withdrawing to become prisoners in the Vatican, and the Italian government’s policies had always been anti-clerical. Now Pius XI thought a compromise would be the best solution. To bolster his own new regime, Benito Mussolini was also eager for an agreement. After years of negotiation, in 1929, the Pope supervised the signing of the Lateran Treaties with the Italian government. According to the terms of the first treaty, Vatican City was given sovereignty as an enclave of the city of Rome in return for the Vatican relinquishing its claim to the former territories of the Papal States. Pius XI thus became a head of state (albeit the smallest state in the world), the first Pope who could be termed as such since

Reference style Spoken style Religious style Posthumous style

His Holiness Your Holiness Holy Father None

Pius XI’s reign was one of busy diplomatic activity for the Vatican. The Church made advances on several fronts in the 1920s, improving relations with France and, most spectacularly, settling the Roman question with Italy and gaining recognition of an independent Vatican state.

Relations with France
France’s republican government had long been strongly anti-clerical. The Law of Separation of Church and State in 1905 had expelled many religious orders from France, declared all Church buildings to be government property, and had led to the shutting down of most Church schools. Since that time Pope Benedict XV had sought a rapprochement, but it was not achieved until the reign of Pope Pius XI. In Maximam Gravissimamque (1924) many areas of dispute were


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
the Papal States fell after the unification of Italy in the 19th century. A second treaty, the concordat with Italy, recognised Roman Catholicism as the official state religion of Italy, gave the Church power over marriage law in Italy (ensuring the illegality of divorce), and restored Catholic religious teaching in all schools. In return, the clergy would not take part in politics. A third treaty provided financial compensation to the Vatican for the loss of the Papal States. During the reign of Pius XI this money was used for investments in the stock markets and real estate. To manage these investments, the Pope appointed the lay-person Bernadino Nogara, who through shrewd investing in stocks, gold, and futures markets, significantly increased the Catholic Church’s financial holdings. However contrary to myth it did not create enormous Vatican wealth. The compensation was relatively modest, and most of the money from investments simply paid for the upkeep of the expensive-to-maintain stock of historic buildings in the Vatican which previously had been maintained through funds raised from the Papal States up until 1870.

Pope Pius XI
Mussolini’s treatment of the Church. Relations with Mussolini continued to worsen throughout the remainder of Pius XI’s pontificate.

Relations with Germany and the Concordat of 1933

Signing of the Reichskonkordat on July 20, 1933. From left to right: Unknown, German Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen, representing Germany, Monsignor Giuseppe Pizzardo, Cardinal Pacelli, Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, German ambassador Rudolf Buttmann. Pius XI was eager to negotiate concordats with any country that was willing to do so, thinking that written treaties were the best way to protect the Church’s rights against governments increasingly inclined to interfere in such matters. Twelve concordats were signed during his reign with various types of governments, including some German state governments, and with Austria. When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 and asked for a concordat, Pius XI accepted. Negotiations were conducted on his behalf by Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII (1939 – 1958). The Reichskonkordat was signed by Pacelli and by the German government in June 1933, and included guarantees of liberty for the Church, independence for Catholic organisations and youth groups, and religious teaching in schools.

Boundary map of Vatican City, taken from the annex of the Lateran Treaty. The Vatican’s relationship with Mussolini’s government deteriorated drastically in the following years as Mussolini’s totalitarian ambitions began to impinge more and more on the autonomy of the Church. For example, the Church’s youth groups were dissolved in 1931 to allow Mussolini’s fascist youth groups complete dominance. As a consequence Pius issued the encyclical Non Abbiamo Bisogno in 1931, in which he criticized the idea of a totalitarian state and

Syllabus against racism
In April 1938, the Sacred Congregation of seminaries and universities published at the request of Pius XI a syllabus condemning racist theories, a document which was sent to Catholic schools worldwide.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pope Pius XI

Mit Brennender Sorge
Pius XI responded to ever increasing Nazi hostility to Christianity by issuing in 1937 the encyclical Mit brennender Sorge condemning the Nazi ideology of racism and totalitarianism and Nazi violations of the concordat. Copies had to be smuggled into Germany so they could be read from the pulpit[8] The encyclical, the only one ever written in German, was addressed to German bishops and was read in all parishes of Germany. The actual writing of the text is credited to Munich Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber to the Cardinal Secretary of State, Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII.[9] There was no preannouncement of the encyclical, and its distribution was kept secret in an attempt to ensure the unhindered public reading of its contents in all the Catholic Churches of Germany. This encyclical condemned particularly the paganism of the national-socialism ideology, the myth of race and blood, and the fallacy of their conception of God. Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community—however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things—whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds."[10]

Pope Pius XI on his working desk. 1938: "Mark well that in the Catholic Mass, Abraham is our Patriarch and forefather. Anti-Semitism is incompatible with the lofty thought which that fact expresses. It is a movement with which we Christians can have nothing to do. No, no, I say to you it is impossible for a Christian to take part in antiSemitism. It is inadmissible. Through Christ and in Christ we are the spiritual progeny of Abraham. Spiritually, we [Christians] are all Semites"[12] These comments were subsequently published worldwide but had little resonance at the time in the secular media.[11]The "Conspiracy of Silence" included not only the silence of secular powers against the horrors of National Socialism but also their silence on the persecution of the Church in the Terrible Triangle. Despite these public comments, Pius was reported privately as suggesting Church’s problems in the Soviet Union, Mexico and the Spanish Republic were, "reinforced by the anti-Christian spirit of Judaism".[13]

Conspiracy of Silence
While numerous German Catholics, who participated in the secret printing and distribution of the encylical, went to jail and concentration camps, the reaction in the Western democracies remained silent, which Pope Pius XI labeled bitterly as "a conspiracy of silence".[11] As the extreme nature of Nazi racial antisemitism became obvious, and as Mussolini in the late 1930s began imitating Hitler’s anti-Jewish race laws in Italy, Pius XI continued to make his position clear, both in Mit brennender Sorge and in a public address in the Vatican to Belgian pilgrims in

Terrible Triangle
Part of a series of articles on

20th Century Persecutions of the Catholic Church
Mexico Cristero War · Iniquis Afflictisque Saints · José Sánchez del Río Persecution in Mexico · Miguel Pro Spain 498 Spanish Martyrs Red Terror (Spain) · Dilectissima Nobis Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War Martyrs of Daimiel


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bartolome Blanco Marquez Innocencio of Mary Immaculate Germany Mit brennender Sorge · Alfred Delp Alois Grimm · Rupert Mayer Bernhard Lichtenberg · Max Josef Metzger Karl Leisner · Maximilian Kolbe China Persecution in China · Ad Sinarum Gentes · Cupimus Imprimis · Ad Apostolorum Principis Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei · Beda Chang Dominic Tang Poland Stefan Wyszyński 108 Martyrs of World War Two · Policies Poloniae Annalibus · Gloriosam Reginam Invicti Athletae · Jerzy Popiełuszko Eastern Europe Jozsef Mindszenty · Eugene Bossilkov Josef Beran · Aloysius Stepinac Meminisse Juvat · Anni Sacri El Salvador Maura Clarke · Ignacio Ellacuría Ita Ford · Rutilio Grande Dorothy Kazel · Ignacio Martín-Baró Segundo Montes · Óscar Romero General Persecution of Christians Church persecutions 1939-1958 Vatican and Eastern Europe Vatican USSR policies Eastern Catholic persecutions Terrible Triangle Conspiracy of Silence (Church persecutions)

Pope Pius XI

Blessed Miguel Pro, arms spread in the form of a cross, was killed by the government in Mexico during the pontificate of Pius XI, despite of his protests. agreement.[15] The persecutions resumed in 1931. Pius XI condemned the Mexican government again in his 1932 encyclical Acerba Animi. Problems continued with reduced hostilities until 1940, when in the new pontificate of Pope Pius XII President Manuel Ávila Camacho returned the Mexican churches to the Catholic Church.[15] There were 4,500 Mexican priests serving the Mexican people before the rebellion, in 1934, over 90% of them suffered persecution as only 334 priests were licensed by the government to serve fifteen million people. Excluding foreign religious, over 4,100 Mexican priests were eliminated by emigration, expulsion and assassination.[16][17] By 1935, 17 Mexican states were left with no priests at all.[18]

Pius XI was faced with unprecedented persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico and Spain and with the persecution of all Christians especially the Eastern Catholic Churches in the Soviet Union. He called this the Terrible Triangle[14]

Soviet Union
Worried by the persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union, Pius XI mandated Berlin nuncio Eugenio Pacelli to work secretly on diplomatic arrangements between the Vatican and the Soviet Union.

The Republican government which came to power in Spain in 1931 was strongly anticlerical, secularising education, prohibiting religious education in the schools, and expelling the Jesuits from the country. On Pentecost 1932, Pope Pius XI protested against these measures and demanded restitution. He asked the Catholics of Spain to fight with all legal means against the injustices. June 3, 1933 he issued the encyclical Dilectissima Nobis, in which he described the expropriation of all Church buildings,

During the pontificate of Pius XI, the Catholic Church was subjected to extreme persecutions in Mexico, which resulted in the death of over 5,000 priests, bishops and religious.[15] In the state of Tabasco the Church was in effect outlawed altogether. In his encyclical Iniquis Afflictisque from November 18, 1926, Pope Pius protested against the slaughter and persecution. The United States intervened in 1929 and moderated an


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
episcopal residences, parish houses, seminaries and monasteries. By law, they were now property of the Spanish State, to which the Church had to pay rent and taxes in order to continuously use these properties. "Thus the Catholic Church is compelled to pay taxes on what was violently taken from her"[19] Religious vestments, liturgical instruments, statues, pictures, vases, gems and similar objects necessary for worship were expropriated as well.[20] The Civil War in Spain started in 1936, during which thousands of churches were destroyed, thirteen bishops and some 7000 clergy and religious Spaniards were assassinated.[21] After that, Catholics largely supported Franco and the Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 – 1939. It is estimated that in the course of the Red Terror, 6,832 members of the Catholic clergy were killed.[22] Another source breaks down the figures as follows: Some 283 religious women were killed. Some of them were badly tortured.[23] 13 bishops were killed from the dioceses of Siguenza, Lleida, Cuenca, Barbastro Segorbe, Jaen, Ciudad Real, Almeria, Guadix, Barcelona, Teruel and the auxiliary of Tarragona.[23] Aware of the dangers, they all decided to remain in their cities. I cannot go, only here is my responsibility, whatever may happen, said the Bishop of Cuenca[23] In addition 4172 diocesan priests, 2364 monks and friars, among them 259 Clarentians, 226 Franciscans, 204 Piarists, 176 Brothers of Mary, 165 Christian Brothers, 155 Augustinians, 132 Dominicans, and 114 Jesuits were killed.[24] In some dioceses, the number of secular priests killed are overwhelming: • In Barbastro 123 of 140 priests were killed.[23] about 88 percent of the secular clergy were murdered, 66 percent • In Lleida, 270 of 410 priests were killed.[23] about 62 percent • In Tortosa, 44 percent of the secular priests were killed.[22] • In Toledo 286 of 600 priests priests were killed.[23] • In the dioceses of Malaga, Menorca and Segorbe, about half of the priests were killed"[22][23]

Pope Pius XI

Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Pope Pius XI accepted the Reunion Movement of Mar Ivanios along with four other members of the Malankara Orthodox Church in 1930. The Reunion movement was a great success and now the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is in full communion with the Universal Church. Its supreme head is the Bishop of Rome and the head of the Malankara Church is the Catholicos. The current Bishop of Rome is Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholicos is Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis.

Humani Generis Unitas and last pronouncements

Pope Pius XII continued the policy on the Unity of Human Society: "What a wonderful vision, which makes us contemplate the human race in the unity of its origin in God" The fascist government in Italy had long abstained from copying the racial and antiSemitic laws and regulations, which existed in Germany. This changed dramatically in 1938, the last year of the pontificate of Pius XI, when Italy introduced anti-Semitic


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
legislation. The Pope asked Italy publicly to abstain from demeaning racist legislation, stating, that the term “race” is divisive but may be appropriate to differentiate animals.[25] The Catholic view would refer to "the unity of human society", which includes as many differences as music includes intonations. Italy, a civilized country, should not ape the barbarian German legislation.[26] In the same speech, he counter-attacked again the Italian government for attacking Catholic Action and even the papacy itself. Qui mange du Pape, en meurt - who eats from the pope, is dead![26] The text of a possible encyclical Humani Generis Unitas, The Unity of the Human Society, that Pius XI commissioned to denounce racism in the USA, Europe and elsewhere, colonialism and the violent German nationalism was published by Georges Passelecq and Berard Suchecky under the title L’Encyclique Cachee De Pie XI[27] Following Vatican custom, His successor Pope Pius XII, who according to the authors, was not aware of the text before the death of his predecessor,[28] choose not to publish this encyclical. However, his first encyclical Summi Pontificatus (October 12, 1939), published after the beginning of World War II, has the identical title On the Unity of Human Society and uses many of the arguments of the text, avoiding all of the negative characterisation of the Jewish people and religion contained in the proposed text of the encyclical.[29] Summi Pontificatus sees Christianity being universalized and opposed to racial hostility and superiority. There are no real racial differences, because the human race forms a unity, because "one ancestor [God] made all nations to inhabit the whole earth". Pope Benedict XVI has decreed that from September 18, 2006, all documents related to the pontificate of Pope Pius XI be made available to researchers. According to the prefect of the Historical Archives of the Secretariat of State, and the prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, this makes available to historical research, within the limits of the regulations, all documentary sources up to February 1939 conserved in the various series of archives of the Holy See, and principally in the Vatican Secret Archives and in the Archives of the Second Section of the Secretariat of State (formerly the Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs).

Pope Pius XI

Death and burial

The sarcophagus of Pope Pius XI. Pope Pius had been ailing for a while, when, on November 25, 1938, he suffered two heart attacks within several hours. He had serious breathing problems and had to stay in his apartment.[30] There he developed the idea of labelling two of his best bottles of wine to “my successor in the year 2000”.[30] It is not known, if Pope John Paul II ever received them. He gave his last address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which he had founded. He spoke without prepared text on the relation between science and the Catholic religion. This is considered to have been his last major pontifical address.[31] A young priest tried to influence him to take his medicine, reminding him of the old Roman saying Principiis obsta (Resist the beginnings) but the pope smiled and said, "you forgot the second part, sero medicina paratur, it’s too late for medicine". In February 1939, the situation of the pontiff visibly degenerated. Pius had major pain and difficulties walking. When he tried to raise from his bed, he was unable to do so, because of increased breathing problems. On February 7, the team of doctors announced to the papal staff, that the pontiff would soon depart from them.[32] He was now aided by a team of several doctors, the professors Milani, Rocchi, Bonamone, Gemelli and Bianchi, specialists from all over Italy.[32] They informed Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli and Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini that heart insufficiency combined with bronchial attacks had hopelessly complicated the already poor outlook. The Pope himself made plans for continued audiences with Domenico Tardini, as if he would regenerate within short time, although, unable to breathe normally, he lost his ability to move


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and even to turn in his bed. His last words to those near him were spoken with clarity and firmness: My soul parts from you all in peace[33] Pope Pius XI died at 5:31 a.m. (Rome Time) of a third heart attack on February 10, 1939, aged 81. He was buried in the crypt at St. Peter’s Basilica, in the main chapel, close to the Tomb of St. Peter.

Pope Pius XI
vigorous missionary work. He also reiterated the social teachings of Leo XIII in his encyclical Quadregesimo Anno, issued in 1931. This pope was determined to increase the profile of the papacy from the time of his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) blessing following his election, the first of its kind since Pius IX became a prisoner of the Vatican. (The blessing was delivered from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square and has become a traditon among the popes who succeeded him). After the Vatican had regained its status as a state in 1929, he flexed its muscles through the treaties he negotiated and by raising his voice in protest when the terms were violated, albeit to little avail. A man of stature, he possessed an iron will and did not hesitate to assert his position. The strong-willed pontiff was succeeded by his charismatic Secretary of State, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (Pius XII), a diplomat who would continue Pius XI’s struggle against fascism as a prisoner of the Vatican during World War II. A Chilean glacier bears Pius XI’s name.[35] The Achille Ratti Climbing Club, based in the United Kingdom, was founded by Bishop T. B. Pearson in 1940 and was named after Monsignor Achille Ratti.

Pius XI will be remembered as the pope who reigned between the two great wars of the 20th century. The onetime librarian also reorganized the Vatican archives. Nevertheless, Pius XI was hardly a withdrawn and bookish figure. He was also a well known mountain climber with many peaks in the Alps named after him, he having been the first to scale them.[34]

See also
• List of encyclicals of Pope Pius XI The marble figure of Pope Pius XI on top of his sarcophagus Pius XI fought the two ascendant ideologies of communism and fascism.His success in fighting them was limited and there is much controversy over the concordats he entered with European regimes to improve the situation of the Catholic Church. At the outset, it was clear that he found communism to be the greater of the two evils but in his later years, there is no doubt that he was repelled by the momentum of Nazi Germany, not only in its opposition to the Catholic Church but also in the ferocity of its attacks on the Jewish people. Whatever the results of his activism, Pius XI did not sit by idly and was fully engaged until the end. A theological conservative, he strove to improve the condition of the Church, through the negotiation of the concordats (treaties) in Europe and to increase its strength worldwide through

^ Quadragesimo Anno 44-52 ^ Quadragesimo Anno 114-115 ^ see Casti Connubii Vatican website information re pontificate and policies of Pius XI [5] ^ Quadragesimo Anno 63-75 [6] Quadragesimo Anno 99 ff [7] Quadragesimo Anno 109 [8] (Manners 2002, p. 374) [9] August Franzen, Remigius Bäumer Papstgeschichte Herder Freiburg, 1988, p.394 [10] Mit Brennender Sorge, 8 [11] ^ Franzen, 395 [12] Marchione 1997, p. 53). [13] Geert, Mak (2004). In Europe:Travels through the 20th century. p. 295. [14] Fontenelle, 164 [15] ^ Franzen 398 [1] [2] [3] [4]


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Roman Catholic Church titles Preceded by Archbishop of Milan Andrea Cardinal Ferrari 1921 – 1922 Preceded by Benedict XV Preceded by Carter Glass Pope 1922 – 1939 Cover of Time Magazine 16 June 1924

Pope Pius XI

Succeeded by Eugenio Tosi Succeeded by Pius XII Succeeded by Hiram W. Evans

Awards and achievements

[16] Scheina, Robert L. Latin America’s Wars: The Age of the Caudillo, 1791-1899 p. 33 (2003 Brassey’s) ISBN 1574884522 [17] Van Hove, Brian Blood-Drenched Altars Faith & Reason 1994 [18] Ruiz, Ramón Eduardo Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People p.393 (1993 W. W. Norton & Company) ISBN 0393310663 [19] Dilectissima Nobis, 9-10 [20] Dilectissima Nobis, 12 [21] Franzen 397 [22] ^ de la Cueva 1998, p. 355 [23] ^ Jedin 617 [24] Beevor 2006, pp. ??? [25] Confalioneri 351 [26] ^ Confalioneri 352 [27] La Decouverte, Paris 1995 [28] Letter of Father Maher to Father La Farge, March 16, 1939 [29] Summi Pontificatus [30] ^ Confalonieri 356 [31] Confalonieri 358 [32] ^ Confalonieri 365 [33] Confalonieri 373 [34] The New York Times. Tuesday, 7th February, 1922, Page 1 (continued on page 3), 3059 words. [35] Durango Herald report on glacier bearing Pius XI’s name

• Marchione, Margherita (1997). Yours Is a Precious Witness: Memoirs of Jews and Catholics in Wartime Italy. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. pp. 272 pages. ISBN 0809104857. • Josef Schmidlin Papstgeschichte, Vol I-IV, Köstel-Pusztet München, 1922-1939 • Morgan, Thomas B. A Reporter At The Papal Court - A Narrative of the Reign of Pope Pius XI. 1937. New York: Longmans, Green and Co.

External links
• • • • Vatican Website for Pope Pius XI Catholic Forum Biography Vatican Museum Biography Pius XI and the mystery of the disapperead encyclical at YouTube • Pope Benedict XVI opens the Archives for the pontificate (1922-1939) of Pope Pius XI - VATICAN CITY, July 2, 2006 "...researchers will be able to consult all the documents of the period kept in the different series of archives of the Holy See, primarily in the Vatican Secret Archives and the Archive of the Second Section of the Secretariat of State...."

• Confalonieri, Carlo. PIO XI - Visto Da Vicino. 1957. Translated by: Regis N. Barwig. PIUS XI - A Close Up. 1975. Altadena, California: The Benzinger Sisters Press. • Manners, John (2002). The Oxford History of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 770 pages. ISBN 0192803360. • Lucio D’Orazi, Il Coraggio Della Verita Vita do Pio XI, Edizioni logos,Roma, 1989 • Mrg R Fontenelle Seine Heiligkeit Pius XI. Alsactia, France, 1939 Persondata NAME ALTERNATIVE NAMES SHORT DESCRIPTION PLACE OF BIRTH Pope Pius XI Ratti, Ambrogio Damiano Achille Pope of the Roman Catholic Church Desio, Italy

DATE OF BIRTH May 31, 1857


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pope Pius XI
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_XI" Categories: Pope Pius XI, Popes, Diplomats of the Holy See, Archbishops of Milan, 20th-century Roman Catholic archbishops, Italian popes, Deaths from myocardial infarction, People from the Province of Milan, 1857 births, 1939 deaths, Sovereigns of Vatican City, Pope Pius XII This page was last modified on 22 May 2009, at 05:54 (UTC). All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. (See Copyrights for details.) Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) taxdeductible nonprofit charity. Privacy policy About Wikipedia Disclaimers


To top