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Church of Spies - The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler

Mark Riebling

The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him "Hitler's Pope." But a key part of the story has remained untold. Pius ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler-while secretly plotting to kill him. Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler's homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler's bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing. The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a U.S.-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius' secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the "fiery words" he wanted. Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented audiobook that will change perceptions of how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.

The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him "Hitler's Pope." But a key part of the story has remained untold. Pius ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler-while secretly plotting to kill him. Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler's homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler's bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing. The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a U.S.-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius' secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the "fiery words" he wanted. Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented audiobook that will change perceptions of how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.
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The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him "Hitler's Pope." But a key part of the story has remained untold. Pius ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler-while secretly plotting to kill him. Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler's homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler's bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing. The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a U.S.-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius' secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the "fiery words" he wanted. Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented audiobook that will change perceptions of how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fred Sanders

Length:

10h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:10

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:09


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:14


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:59


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:07


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:32


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:33


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:13


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:37


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:56


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:37


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:33