As this Rome Reports video indicates, Pope Pius XII was anything but “Hitler’s Pope,” as claimed calumniously a few years ago by British writer John Cornwell (actually, even Cornwell himself subsequently acknowledged the historical evidence disproves that scurrilous claim).

In fact, Hitler had no use for the Church or for its wartime leader, and even conspired to kidnap Pius XII during the period Rome was under Nazi occupation. Now, a movie thriller about the failed plot is in production, with filming taking place on site in the Vatican recently while Pope Benedict XVI was away at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.