Hitler planned to kidnap Pope

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17 January 2005, ROME - Hitler planned to kidnap Pope Pius XII in 1944 and have him taken to Germany, Italian reports said. Hitler gave a direct order to SS General Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff to kidnap the head of the Catholic Church but the general refused to carry out the order and warned the pontiff of the danger, La Repubblica reported on Sunday. The information was contained in a written statement by the general in 1972 and released by the Vatican as part of documentation supporting claims that Pius XI

17 January 2005

ROME - Hitler planned to kidnap Pope Pius XII in 1944 and have him taken to Germany, Italian reports said.

Hitler gave a direct order to SS General Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff to kidnap the head of the Catholic Church but the general refused to carry out the order and warned the pontiff of the danger, La Repubblica reported on Sunday.

The information was contained in a written statement by the general in 1972 and released by the Vatican as part of documentation supporting claims that Pius XII be made a saint.

Hitler was said to have been enraged by the Catholic Church's sheltering of thousands of Jews. Under the plan the pope was to have been incarcerated in a castle in Baden-Württemberg.

Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, has been widely criticised for not openly condemning the Nazis.

DPA

Subject: German news

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