A plea to nations and leaders alike, the encyclical crafted by LaFarge would be a moral rallying cry to the world, meant to galvanize an active resistance to the rising tide of Nazi aggression and insanity. At the same time, however, many conservative members of the Vatican’s innermost circle toiled in secret to suppress the document from appearing. Chief among them was Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, whose appeasement of the Germans underlay a deep-run web of conspiracy. Pacelli, who would become Pope Pius XII, was joined by Wlodimir Ledóchowski, leader of the Jesuit order, to keep the finished encyclical from reaching the increasingly-ill Pope.
The Pope’s Last Crusade unearths shocking new evidence of this deceit. Including radical new findings and eyewitness reports, The Pope’s Last Crusade gives a full account of the encyclical’s dramatic history, and of Pius XI’s valiant attempt to prevent the onset of World War II. It is an astonishing tale of intrigue and sedition, The Pope’s Last Crusade is a compelling journey into the heart of the Vatican and a little known story of an American’s partnership with the head of the Catholic Church. HOME PAGE