Pacelli, Eugenio
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Pacelli, Eugenio

(March 2, 1876, Rome – October 9, 1958, Castel Gandolfo), Italian clergyman and papal diplomat, later Pope Pius XII. Pacelli was born into a lower-class, Roman Catholic family that was closely connected to the Vatican. As a priest and jurist, Pacelli rose quickly to the higher offices within the Vatican administration. Ultimately in 1939, he was elected pope.

In 1901 Pacelli joined the Papal State Secretariat of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, becoming its secretary in 1912. Pacelli climbed every rung of the career ladder. During t…

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Becker, Annette, “Pacelli, Eugenio”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0451>
First published online: 2015



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