There have long been rumors that Adolf Hitler wanted to kidnap or kill Pope Pius XII. In 1972, former SS General Karl Wolf referred to such a plan in a meeting he said he had with the wartime Pope on May 10, 1944. However, Wolf’s story could never be verified.
But now the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire — and later L’Osservatore Romano — have reported today about “more concrete rumors” of a plan hatched by the Reichssicherheitsamt (the Third Reich’s Security Headquarters) in Berlin after July 25, 1943.
The reports cite a viable source: the son of one of the key people involved, Niki Freytag von Loringhoven.
According to the account of the son, who is now 72, on July...READ MORE