April was a good month for visits to my blog. The total was 4,288, making April the best month yet. The total number of visits crossed the 15,000 and now stands at 15,609.
A few peaks in the past month, with the largest one after the plane crash near Smolensk that killed the Polish president and 95 others. My post about Bishop Ploski drew 500 visits. The resignation of Bishop Vangheluwe of Bruges was also a popular topic, of course. My translation of Msgr. Marini’s address about the liturgy remains popular too, coming in at a shared 8th place last month – a welcome surprise once again. Less surprising was the popularity of the two posts about Msgr. Georg Gänswein: for the first time a fan page linked to me… He’s a popular priest, evidently.
Yesterday I posted the trailer to Under the Roman Sky here, and today I can share what the pope thought about it. He watched the movie on Friday.
In short, he liked it. “Such works have particular importance especially for the new generations. For people who studied certain events at school, or perhaps have heard speak about them, films such as this can be useful and stimulating, helping them to understand a period which is by no means distant, but which the swift-moving events of recent history and a fragmented culture can cause us to forget”.
“The primacy of charity, of love, which is the commandment of the Lord Jesus, is the principle and the key to understanding all the work of the Church, and in the first place that of her universal Pastor. Charity is the reason for all actions, for all interventions. It is the basic motive that moves thoughts and concrete actions, and I am happy that this unifying principle also emerges in this film. This is the interpretation I would suggest, in the light of the authentic witness shown by that great master of faith, hope and charity who was Pope Pius XII”.
Only this week did I hear about an upcoming miniseries, titled Sotto il Cielo di Roma (Under the Roman Sky). It deals with the efforts of Venerable Pope Pius XII to protect the Jewish citizens of Rome from Nazi persecution. It stars James Cromwell as the Holy Father.
Could this be just what we need to deter the ongoing misguided reports about the non-action of this pope? Let’s hope so. If one man deserves that the truth of his life be told, it is Pius XII.
The Catholic News Agency reported earlier that Pope Benedict XVI watched the series last Friday. It is not yet know what he thought of it.