Pope Pius XI says that these couples deserve a papal benediction because
"such sad things are happening, sad things, very sad, both near to us and far away. Certainly among these sad things is that on the feast day of the Holy Cross of Christ, the banners of another cross which certainly is not that of Christ should have been hoisted in Rome.
This was out of place and time. We tell you this so that you may understand how necessary it is to pray, pray, and pray for the mercy of the Almighty in all its largeness."
This unusually direct criticism of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis appears to be a product of being snubbed. Hitler hasn't bothered to seek a courtesy audience with Pope Pius XI even though Mussolini recommended it.
Rather than remaining in Rome, the pope travelled to his Castel Gandolfo residence 17 miles outside Rome on April 30, three days before Hitler arrived.