The Pope's Last Crusade LP: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler (Paperback)
A conspiracy within the Vatican--to stop an outspoken Pope
In 1938, Pope Pius XI was the world's most prominent critic of the Nazi Party. To make his voice heard, Pius called upon an American Jesuit, John LaFarge, to write a papal encyclical--the Vatican's strongest decree--publicly condemning Hitler's murderous campaign.
But conservative members in the Vatican like Cardinal -Eugenio Pacelli toiled in secret to suppress the document from appearing. Pacelli, who would become Pope Pius XII, colluded with -others to keep the finished encyclical from reaching the increasingly-ill Pope.
Peter Eisner, award-winning reporter and author of the critically acclaimed The Freedom Line, reports shocking new evidence (released only recently from Vatican archives) of this deceit.
An astonishing tale of intrigue and sedition, The Pope's Last Crusade is a compelling journey into the heart of the Vatican. A truly essential work, it brings new light to one of the most critical junctures in modern history.
About the Author
Peter Eisner has been an editor and reporter at the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. His 2004 book, The Freedom Line, which won the Christopher Award. Eisner won the InterAmerican Press Association Award in 1991 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 in his role as producer at the PBS news program, World Focus. Eisner's other books include The Italian Letter, written with Knut Royce, which traces fraudulent U.S. intelligence prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Praise for The Pope's Last Crusade LP: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler…
“An exciting reminder of how Vatican machinations continue to haunt history.”