From Pius XII to Vatican II: The Hidden History of a Key Church Epoch (Part 2)
In this interview, Inside the Vatican talks with Fr. Charles Theodore Murr, author of The Godmother: Mother Pascalina: A Feminine Tour de Force (2017). Fr. Murr is a former secretary to Edouard Cardinal Gagnon and worked at the Vatican in the 1970s. During that time, Murr befriended Mother Pascalina Lehnert, the housekeeper of Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) for 41 years, from Pacelli’s time as Papal Nuncio in Germany in the 1920s to his death as Pope in 1958. The Godmother recounts many of their encounters in the 1970s, with topics ranging from serious Church news and issues to the lighthearted and humorous attending of a stage performance of The Pirates of Penzance.
Fr. Murr sits with Inside the Vatican and gives us a look into his life, the life of Mother Pascalina, and a bird’s-eye view of events that happened inside the Vatican.