Rome, Italy, Nov 4, 2011 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jewish New Yorker who has made it his life’s work to clear the name of Pope Pius XII of being anti-Semitic believes the wartime pontiff actually went undercover to save the lives of Jews in Rome.
The supreme Apostolic office which we discharge and the exceedingly difficult condition of these times, daily warn and almost compel Us to watch carefully over the integrity of the Church, the more that the calamities from which she suffers are greater. While, therefore, we endeavor in every way to preserve the rights of the Church and to obviate or repel present or contingent dangers, We constantly seek for help from Heaven -- the sole means of effecting anything -- that our labors and our care may obtain their wished for object. We deem that there could be no surer and more efficacious means to this end than by religion and piety to obtain the favor of the great Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, the guardian of our peace and the minister to us of heavenly grace, who is placed on the highest summit of power and glory in Heaven, in order that she may bestow the help of her patronage on men who through so many labors and dangers are striving to reach that eternal city.
Spc. Matthew Plumlee's St. Michael medal was given to him by a chaplain who told him St. Michael was the patron saint of paratroopers. Plumlee, a military policeman with Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Oklahoma City, OK, wears the medal with his dog tags when he goes out on patrols.
--Sgt Mike Pryor
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