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The Vatican At War

Author: Philip Willan
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491707941
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When Pope Benedict’s butler began leaking secret Vatican documents to an Italian journalist he was motivated by a desire to save the Catholic church from what he saw as a mounting tide of corruption. Among the issues he felt should be brought to the attention of the pope and the public were the roles of freemasonry and the secret services in Vatican affairs, and the mysterious disappearance of a Vatican schoolgirl, Emanuela Orlandi. The Orlandi affair ties the present travails of the papacy to the Banco Ambrosiano scandal and the death in London of its chairman, Roberto Calvi. The banker found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge was caught in a web of Cold War intrigue, from which the Vatican is still trying to extricate itself. Now updated and expanded, this book was first published as ‘The Last Supper: The Mafi a, the Masons and the Killing of Roberto Calvi’. Praise for ‘The Last Supper’ ‘This powerfully written account will be required reading for students of recent Italian and Vatican history.’ The Tablet. ‘The meticulously researched book makes for a surprisingly smooth and fascinating read.’ Bloomberg. ‘Willan wrote the wonderful Puppetmasters about post-war Italian politics and this is more of the same, a smaller patch examined in more detail.’ Lobster.

Britain And The Vatican During The Second World War

Author: Owen Chadwick
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521368254
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The British government and its envoy assisted the Allied cause in Italy despite being confined to the Vatican from 1940 to 1944. This text provides new perspectives on the papacy's predicament and the struggle to keep Italy out of the war.

We Are At War

Author: Vitalis Chi. Nwaneri
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479758485
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In this last Book 6, on the above Title, the Author sums up the Crux of his Mission and Message of the other five Books. HAND BOOKS He provides Hand Books as Guidelines, Strategies, Spiritual as well as Human Weapons for his proposed Knights of the Cross Warriors to use and fight Satan, the enemy and its human agents in their warfronts from the family to the national levels and Global Terrorism These Guidelines start with The Family Hand Book that provides the strategies to rescue from the enemy, Family victims suffering or threatened by sins of Abortion, Divorce and Same Sex Marriage. Th e Next set of Hand Books provide the Guidelines to help Youths struggling to free themselves from the enemy’s criminal and other sinful lives and Community Members ravaged by political and social crises Th e fi nal set of Hand Books focus on Catholic Church Homilies and Guidelines for the K of XM warriors to help Nations struggling to promote Good Secular Governance that accommodates every religious group WARFRONT ON SECULAR GOVERNANCE The Author’s audacity becomes more vivid as he moves forward to tackle the tough issues of Satan’s wars that lead to Bad Governance especially in developing countries like Nigeria and its attacks on Religious Freedom in the advanced countries like the U.S.A. He dares to take up such controversial subjects as public corruption in developing nations, terrorism, civil wars and revolutions in the Muslim world as well as Same Sex, Divorce and Abortion conflicts that are tearing apart the traditional Christian cultures in the advanced nations of Europe and North America. Finally, he illustrates these challenges by providing his Report and Observations on his recent visit to Nigeria to launch his Books and Mission. He concludes Book 7 with his views on the Ideals of Good Secular Governance built on the foundation Pillars provided by Christ through His Church. In the Author’s view, this Book 6, is indeed a must-Read for all concerned with the declining state of Global Peace and those eager to explore how promoting the New Evangelization can help reduce family and national conflicts and advance modern civilization by promoting global Peace, Good Governance, Justice and Religious Freedom.

The Vatican Pimpernel

Author: Brian Fleming
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1620877562
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During the German occupation of Rome from 1942–1944, Irishman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty ran an escape organization for Allied POWs and civilians, including Jews. Safe within the Vatican state, he regularly ventured out in disguise to continue his mission, which earned him the nickname “the Pimpernel of the Vatican.” When the Allies entered Rome, he and his collaborators— priests, nuns, and laypeople of numerous nationalities and religious beliefs—had saved the lives of over 6,500 people. The first new telling of this extraordinary story in decades, this book also addresses the fascinating dichotomy between O’Flaherty and Herbert Kappler, the Gestapo chief in Rome who ordered him killed, and who, after the war, reconciled with the monsignor, and even asked him to perform his baptism. For his heroic efforts, O’Flaherty was awarded the highest honors, including a Congressional Medal, and was the first Irishman named the Notary of the Holy Office. His story was immortalized in the 1983 film The Scarlet and the Black, which starred Gregory Peck as O’Flaherty.

Dictators At War And Peace

Author: Jessica L. P. Weeks
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801455235
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Why do some autocratic leaders pursue aggressive or expansionist foreign policies, while others are much more cautious in their use of military force? The first book to focus systematically on the foreign policy of different types of authoritarian regimes, Dictators at War and Peace breaks new ground in our understanding of the international behavior of dictators. Jessica L. P. Weeks explains why certain kinds of regimes are less likely to resort to war than others, why some are more likely to win the wars they start, and why some authoritarian leaders face domestic punishment for foreign policy failures whereas others can weather all but the most serious military defeat. Using novel cross-national data, Weeks looks at various nondemocratic regimes, including those of Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin; the Argentine junta at the time of the Falklands War, the military government in Japan before and during World War II, and the North Vietnamese communist regime. She finds that the differences in the conflict behavior of distinct kinds of autocracies are as great as those between democracies and dictatorships. Indeed, some types of autocracies are no more belligerent or reckless than democracies, casting doubt on the common view that democracies are more selective about war than autocracies.

We Are At War Book 5

Author: Vitalis Chi Nwaneri
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477128751
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OUR MISSION Over the past century , the world has been witnessing a gradual decline in the state of global peace.At a recent conference of World Religious Leaders in Assissi, on the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI. These Leaders expressed the concern that the declining state of world peace is partly fueled by growing religious crises like terrorism across the globe. Accordingly, it was resolved that global religious leaders should strive to contribute to the recovery in global peace . Pope Benedict followed up the resolution with his establishment of the Pontifi cal Council on the New Evangeliztion --PCNE to stem the growing De-christianization in most advanced countries and enhance the effectiveness of the weapon of Evangelization as a means of contributing to Global Peace and Religious Freedom. The Pope called on all the Lay Members of The Catholic Church to rise up and contribute to the mission of the PCNE. Our Mission is a humble response to the Popes call. In Book 1, the Author surveyed the teaching and history of the Church through a military perspective. He concluded that WE ARE AT WAR WITH SATAN, the only enemy of God and Man. That war started from the Garden of Eden after mans creation. It has been going on ever since. Author therefore reminds the world that its wars and crises, from the family to the global levels are rooted in this war against Satan, fi ghting us, as it did to Adam and Eve to commit sins by disobeying Gods Commandments. Through our disobedience and sins, we bring, as Adam did, wars and crises from our families to the global levels. Accordingly, the Author concludes that we cannot avoid sins if we do not understand the Teaching of Christ Our Only Leader and recognize the voice, language and strategies of His enemy, Satan in tempting us to sin. The Author views the teaching of Christ as the Pillars that sustain our lives and modern governance against the attacks of the enemy. He therefore warns that driving God out of our private and public lives can only move us faster on the path to wars, crises and declining global peace. He therefore provides in these Books his views on how to avoid sins by recognizing the ways that the enemy, Satan lures us to sin. Through such recognition, we can learn how to avoid its temptations. In the world of today, most sins arise from our denial or lack of knowledge of these sins at all levels of our activities and lives. The principle of the Separation of State and Religion is being misinterpreted to mean denying sins in our political,economic and social lives.In Books 2 and 3, the Author continues his surveys of the enemys strategies to cause wars between Christianity and Secularity and shows how the two can cooperate to fi ght back and reduce our wars and enhance global peace. In Book 4, he shows how the enemy uses us in our various professions to be its agents to cause wars that lead to a decline in peace from our family to the gobal levels. Finally, in Book 5 he surveys the on-going Warfront against our Religious Freedom to obey Gods Commandments in all our Religious and Secular activities.. He concludes with strong Recommendations on building the Knights of The Cross Mission of warriors from our Grass root parish levels of the church to the global leve

The Papacy In The Age Of Totalitarianism 1914 1958

Author: John Pollard
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191026581
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The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958 examines the most momentous years in papal history. Popes Benedict XV (1914-1922), Pius XI (1922-1939), and Pius XII (1939-1958) faced the challenges of two world wars and the Cold War, and threats posed by totalitarian dictatorships like Italian Fascism, German National Socialism, and Communism in Russia and China. The wars imposed enormous strains upon the unity of Catholics and the hostility of the totalitarian regimes to Catholicism lead to the Church facing persecution and martyrdom on a scale similar to that experienced under the Roman Empire and following the French Revolution. At the same time, these were years of growth, development, and success for the papacy. Benedict healed the wounds left by the 'modernist' witch hunt of his predecessor and re-established the papacy as an influence in international affairs through his peace diplomacy during the First World War. Pius XI resolved the 'Roman Question' with Italy and put papal finances on a sounder footing. He also helped reconcile the Catholic Church and science by establishing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and took the first steps to move the Church away from entrenched anti-Semitism. Pius XI continued his predecessor's policy of the 'indigenisation' of the missionary churches in preparation for de-colonisation. Pius XII fully embraced the media and other means of publicity, and with his infallible promulgation of the Assumption in 1950, he took papal absolutism and centralism to such heights that he has been called the 'last real pope'. Ironically, he also prepared the way for the Second Vatican Council.

Pius Xii And The Second World War

Author: Pierre Blet
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809105038
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The first one-volume history, based on the Vatican archives, of Pope Pius XII and his dealings with the contesting powers and with the Jews during World War II.