Cesare Orsenigo Ordained Priest, Will be Appointed Papal Nuncio to Nazi Germany

Cesare Orsenigo Ordained Priest, Will be Appointed Papal Nuncio to Nazi Germany

Cesare Orsenigo and Joseph Goebbels, 1934
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Cesare Orsenigo is ordained a priest. In 1930 Orsenigo will be appointed Papal Nuncio to Germany by Pope Pius XI; he will be a direct diplomatic link between the Nazi regime and the Vatican, both under Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII.

Cesare Orsenigo will meet frequently with many high-ranking Nazi officials, including several times with Adolf Hitler.

Orsenigo will be described as "frankly jubilant" over the election of Adolf Hitler and will advise that "compromise and conciliation" are the only proper ways of dealing with the Nazis.

After the Reichskonkordat is signed, Orsenigo tells German bishops that it's their duty to support the Nazi government. Bishops who are critical of the Nazis will be reproached by Orsenigo.

Historian Michael Phayer describes Orsenigo as a "pro-German, pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic fascist" who is perfect for this position because he is guaranteed not to disturb the Nazi leadership with questions or complaints about their policies — especially where Jews are concerned.

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