Hitler wth Archbishop Cesare Orsenigo, the papal nuncio in Berlin, 1935

On April 20, 1939, Archbishop Orsenigo celebrated Hitler’s birthday. The celebrations, initiated by Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) became a tradition. Each April 20, Cardinal Bertram of Berlin was to send “warmest congratulations to the Fuhrer in the name of the bishops and the dioceses in Germany” and added with “fervent prayers which the Catholics of Germany are sending to heaven on their altars.”

Photo and text from here.


  1. #1 A Bear
    September 18, 2010

    Well that takes care of the german portion of the catholic-nazi lovefest of that time.What has not been mentioned much is RCC involvement in supporting fascism in eastern Europe. Even before the german occupation RCC actively supported fascist politicians, notably in Croatia and Hungary. Or maybe the croation priests teaching gradeschool in those days were crypto-atheists like Hitler?

  2. #2 Azkyroth
    September 18, 2010

    Where did they find a cardinal/bishop/whatever who was shorter than Hitler?