The Legacy of Pope Pius XII

Presenter: Lydia Martens ’20 | Major: History, Theology & Philosophy

Mentor: Justin Coffey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Abstract: Pope Pius XII was the head of the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958. Much of the research surrounding his legacy are connected only to his actions toward the Holocaust in World War II. However, this research fails to compile the legacy of his whole nineteen-year papacy. By researching primary sources and the life of Pope Pius XII, I have concluded that Pope Pius XII should be regarded as the Pope of Science of Technology.