Achille Ratti Formally Installed as Pope Pius XI

Achille Ratti Formally Installed as Pope Pius XI

Achille Ratti, Pope Pius XI
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Achille Ratti is formally installed as Pope Pius XI. Ratti is assuming the position of pope shortly after the end of World War I, a time when many are still recovering from the devastation and a few still seem hungry for further conflict.

Pius XI's fundamental fear of modernism, something he shares with his predecessors, will lead him to openly support Francisco Franco, the leader of fascism in Spain, as well as sign concordats with fascist leaders Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. According to Pius XI's way of thinking, it would be better to support repressive fascist governments that defend traditional social structures rather than democratically elected governments which might undermine traditional social structures.

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