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Hot Type: John Cornwell on Hitler’s Pope

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Historian John Cornwell has become a lightning rod for controversy with the publication of Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII in 1999. Soon after its publication, Cornwell appears on Hot Type to explain the hullabaloo over Hitler's Pope and assess the spotty record of the 20th century's most controversial pontiff.

Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: Oct. 8, 1999
Guest(s): John Cornwell
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 17:16

Did You know?


• In his autobiography entitled Seminary Boy, John Cornwell recalls running with young thugs in London's East End. But he later became a devout altar boy and studied to enter the priesthood.
• The Vatican gave Cornwell access to secret documents so he could disprove rumors of Pius XII's collusion with the Nazis, but instead, these papers only confirmed evidence of such claims.
• Despite damning allegations made against him, Pope Pius XII was declared "venerable" - a posthumous recognition of virtue - in September 2000, putting him one step closer to official sainthood. He must next be declared "beatified" (blessed), a title bestowed only on martyrs or those who have performed miracles.


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