Soldier of Christ by Robert A. Ventresca
The Life of Pope Pius XII

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Soldier of Christ reveals a paradoxical figure: a prophetic reformer of limited vision whose leadership stimulated the emergence of a global Catholicism while sowing doubt and dissension among some of the Church’s most faithful servants. The Cold War and Pius XII’s manner of engaging with the modern world defined his pontificate, Ventresca argues.

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Robert A. Ventresca is Associate Professor of History at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario.
Published January 15, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Eugenio Pacelli was the first Roman chosen as pope in a good century: Hailing from the “black nobility,” meaning, for generations his family had been employed by the Holy See and thus insiders, he was first appointed by Pius XI as his secretary of state, known for his probity and capacity for har...

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Despite Ventresca’s dismay at the way the Pius war deflects attention from the two-thirds of an important pontificate—it was Pius who decoupled the Church from colonialism, in part by appointing Third World cardinals—the historian knows his biography will be judged by how he judges Pius during th...

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