Ever since I have watched the movie titled, “Under the Roman Sky”, I have come to admire Pope Pius XII for what he has done for the Jews who lived in Rome. One day I will get his autobiography or biography. I love history and love people. It took immense amount of faith on his part dealing with the Nazis, and I imagine a lot of guts to work against his own human fear. I am part German and I hate what Hitler did to the Germans and Jews. So, therefore, Pope Pius XII has become my favourite.
3 of my favorites are Pope John Paul II, Pope Pius XII, and our current one Pope Francis I.
It’s sad because some people don’t like Pope Pius XII because some think he didn’t do enough during World War II, but you have to think I mean Mussolini controlled Italy and disliked the Pope and Hitler had influence in Italy as well. I’d consider Pope Pius XII to be very brave.
I don’t know who my favorite pontiff is there’s so many! But I do have a couple I don’t like and that would be innocent viii and alexander vi.
I remembered hearing about Mussolini. There was a movie made about him and a group of English ladies who had stayed in Italy I believed and they were trapped there by the war. If only I could remember the name of the movie? :rolleyes:
I think Pius did plenty! He was in the right place at the right time!
I would say Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Blessed Pope John XXIII, Venerable Paul VI, Venerable Pius XII, Pius XI…I’ve liked all the recent popes :shrug:
Becca3 you are certainly right Pius did do plenty 860,000, Jews saved. Pope John Paul II also saved some Jews in Poland at the time too.
Blessed John XXIII, we shouldn’t forget his efforts which are un-denied. From wiki:
As nuncio, Roncalli made various efforts during the Holocaust in World War II to save refugees, mostly Jewish people, from the Nazis. Among his efforts were:
Jewish refugees who arrived in Istanbul and were assisted in going on to Palestine or other destinations
Slovakian children managed to leave the country due to his interventions.
Jewish refugees whose names were included on a list submitted by Rabbi Markus of Istanbul to Nuncio Roncalli.
Jews held at Jasenovac concentration camp, near Stara Gradiška, were liberated as a result of his intervention.
Bulgarian Jews who left Bulgaria, a result of his request to King Boris of Bulgaria.
Romanian Jews from Transnistria left Romania as a result of his intervention.
Italian Jews helped by the Vatican as a result of his interventions.
Orphaned children of Transnistria on board a refugee ship that weighed anchor from Constanța to Istanbul, and later arriving in Palestine as a result of his interventions.
Jews held at the Sered concentration camp who were spared from being deported to German death camps as a result of his intervention.
Hungarian Jews who saved themselves through their conversions to Christianity through the baptismal certificates sent by Nuncio Roncalli to the Hungarian Nuncio, Monsignor Angelo Rota.
In 1965, the Catholic Herald quoted Pope John as saying:
We are conscious today that many, many centuries of blindness have cloaked our eyes so that we can no longer see the beauty of Thy chosen people nor recognise in their faces the features of our privileged brethren. We realize that the mark of Cain stands upon our foreheads. Across the centuries our brother Abel has lain in blood which we drew, or shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us for the curse we falsely attached to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying Thee a second time in their flesh. For we know not what we did."
On 7 September 2000, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation launched the International Campaign for the Acknowledgement of the humanitarian actions undertaken by Vatican Nuncio Giuseppe Roncalli for people, most of whom were Jewish, persecuted by the Nazi regime. The launching took place at the Permanent Observation Mission of the Vatican to the United Nations, in the presence of Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
The IRWF has carried out exhaustive historical research related to different events connected with interventions of Nuncio Roncalli in favour of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Until now, three reports have been published compiling different studies and materials of historical research about the humanitarian actions carried out by Roncalli when he was nuncio.
In 2011, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation submitted a massive file (the Roncalli Dossier) to Yad Vashem, with a strong petition and recommendation to bestow upon him the title of Righteous among the Nations.
I’ve heard of that movie too. I believe the name of the movie was “Tea with Mussolini.”
Hard question, but my favorite Supreme Pontiffs would have to be Pius V, Pius X, Pius XII, and Benedict XVI
Probably Pope Benedict XVI. I know the most about him, and have read his works the most.
He is a brilliant man, and I think we’ve all been “spoiled” in a sense to have lived under his pontificate.
It’s rare that we have a theologian of that caliber leading the Church. I hope he’s eventually canonized and made a doctor of the Church.
Yes! That is the very one!! Thank you! I watched it and it was very good! You should watch it. There are a group of well–known actresses playing the parts. They are funny at times!
My personal favorite is Pius X
He was a man of simplicity, very similar to our own Francis. He also lowered the age for First Holy Communion to seven years old and promoted frequent Confession and reception of the Eucharist.
Not Alexander VI.
I think that John XXIII edges it for me too.
John Paul II
Actually I don’t think these two popes have any one who likes them!:shrug: In fact Alexander VI is the only Pope who has no one for an apologist, at least I think I heard that somewhere.
I love Pope John XXIII. I am so grateful for Vatican II.
I love Pope Paul VI. He was both a brilliant theologian and philosopher. He had stated that he himself would never have called Vatical II into session but since Vatican II was in session when he became Pope he made sure that Vatican II remained in line with the traditions and doctrines of the Church. His encyclical Humane Vitae was prophetic.
I love Pope JPII for the strength that he showed in the face of adversity as a priest in Poland and as the Pope. His role in the the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe can not be underestimated. With the papacy of JPII many evangelical took a second look at Catholicism because they came to have respect for JPII and Mother Theresa.
I love Pope Benedict XVI. He is both a brilliant theologian and philosopher. I am in the process of reading his book “Jesus of Nazareth”. After completing a chapter I re read it. His writing is very deep. Benedict XVI was very solid in his theology and in his love of tradition.
I love Pope Francis. He is a breath of fresh air. He is so humble and meek while at the same time he is of a keen intellect. I am so grateful that the College of Cardinals is clearly being directed by the Holy Spirit. With all of the challenges that our Church has going forward I have no doubt that we won’t just get though the challenges and trials but that Holy Mother Church will thrive. Vivat Jesus!:signofcross:
My top 5 (not counting Peter) would have to be Gregory the Great, Leo the Great, John Paul II, Pius V, and Pius XII.