Cardinal Pacelli Goes to Hungary, Says Nothing About Anti-Semitism There Hot

Cardinal Pacelli Goes to Hungary, Says Nothing About Anti-Semitism There

Eugenio Pacelli is made Cardinal
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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Vatican Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, attends the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary.

At no point does he say anything about the progress of violent anti-Semitism here — for example, the recent appointment of Bela Imredy as Prime Minister. Imredy has declared that anyone who cannot prove that they have Hungarian ancestors must necessarily be a Jew.

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli does, however, manage to find the words to criticize godless atheism (i.e., communism):

"Face to face with us is drawn up the lugubrious array of the militant Godless, shaking the clenched fist of anti-Christ against everything we hold most sacred.

Face to face with us spreads the army of those who would like to make all peoples of the earth and each individual human being believe they can find prosperity only be receding from the Gospel of Christ and that the happiness and greatness of society, as of individuals, can but grow dim in the shadow of the Cross."

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