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Pope Pius XII
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Italy, later the Vatican
Religion: Catholicism
Date of Birth: 1876
Date of Death: 1958
Cause of Death: Myocardial infarction
Occupation: Clergy
Spouse: None
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Contemporary reference
Type of Appearance: Fallout
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
through
Upsetting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in the atomic bombing of Rome
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Coup d'Etat
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Grapple
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Pope Pius XII (2 March 1876 - 9 October 1958), born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, reigned as the 260th pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City, from 2 March 1939 until his death. His actions during World War II have been the subject of controversy.

Pius XII in The Hot WarEdit

Pope Pius XII reigned during both the Second and Third World Wars.[1]

This article or subsection is a stub because the work is part of a larger, as-of-yet incomplete series.

Pius XII in Worldwar Edit

Pope Pius XII (1876-1944) was Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church from 1939 until his violent death in 1944.

When the Race's Conquest Fleet subdued Italy in 1942, Pius encouraged Catholics in areas overrun by the Race's forces to cooperate with their authority.[2] Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov called for Pius' assassination at a Big Five strategy meeting in London but his allies protested the notion.[3]

Pius was killed in 1944 when Germany destroyed Rome with an atomic bomb.[4]

Pius XII in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Pius XII was Pope during the Second World War. Chaim Weinberg, a devoted communist atheist, believed that sex with La Martellita was probably as close to heaven as Pius XII would ever hope to get.[5]

Literary commentEdit

As his accession comes after the point of divergence, and new Popes often simply take the name of a popular predecessor, it is barely possible that this Pius XII is someone other than Eugenio Pacelli. He is included here for convenience.

Pius XII in Southern Victory Edit

Pope Pius XII was criticized for not condemning various human rights abuses around the globe in the early 20th century such as the Russian pogroms against the Jews and the Ottoman genocide against the Armenians as well as the Confederate Population Reduction. Some critics believed he would have been more vocal if such an atrocity were committed against a group which had a Catholic majority.[6] This criticism was questionable, since the population reduction was being carried out in strongly Catholic Haiti as well as the CSA.

Literary CommentEdit

Since this Pius XII reigns 81 years after the POD, it is unknown whether he is the same man who used that numeral in OTL. He is included here for convenience.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout, loc. 1704.
  2. See, e.g., Tilting the Balance, pg. 21.
  3. In the Balance, pg. 227.
  4. Upsetting the Balance, pg. 527, PB.
  5. Coup d'Etat, pg. 204.
  6. The Grapple, pg. 456, HC.
Religious titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Pius XI
Pope
1939-1958
Succeeded by
John XXIII
Religious titles
(Worldwar)
Preceded by
Pius XI
Pope
1939-1944
Succeeded by
Successors unnamed
Religious titles
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Pius XI
Pope
(The War That Came Early)

1939-19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1944
Preceded by
Last known is Pius IX
Pope
(Southern Victory)

1939(?)-19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1945

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