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    Pope Pius XII Photograph Signed, a photograph (4.5" x 6.25") of the pope mounted on a sheet, 9.5" x 13.5", Rome, n.d., in Italian. The inscription below the photograph is an Apostolic Benediction to "Biagio Gabardi". It is signed "Pius pp XII" below the benediction. Fine. Before election to the papacy, Pacelli served as secretary of the Department of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, papal nuncio and cardinal secretary of state, in which roles he worked to conclude treaties with European nations, most notably the Reichskonkordat with Germany. His leadership of the Catholic Church during World War II remains the subject of continued historical controversy. After World War II, he was a vocal supporter of lenient policies toward vanquished nations and a staunch opponent of Communism.


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