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The Pope and Mussolini by David I. Kertzer
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it was amazing

This is a well researched and an amazing book.

The book deal with the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The story tells the Pope Pius XI's crucial role in making Mussolini’s dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope’s demands that the police enforce Catholic morality.

The book touches on the things common between Pope and Mussolini. Both shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. It was a symbiosis relationship between the Vatican and Fascist government.

Overall, the book gives a great insight into the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe.
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Reading Progress

May 18, 2016 – Shelved
May 18, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 4, 2017 – Started Reading
March 7, 2018 –
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March 13, 2018 –
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March 17, 2018 –
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March 19, 2018 – Finished Reading

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