Pope Pius XI

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Pius XI
Papacy began 6 February 1922
Papacy ended 10 February 1939
Predecessor Pope Benedict XV
Successor Pope Pius XII
Personal details
Birth name Achille Ratti
Born 31 May 1857
Desio, Lombardy-Venetia, Austrian Empire
Died 10 February 1939
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Motto Raptim Transit (It goes by swiftly)
Pax Christi in Regno Christi (The Peace of Christ in the Realm of Christ)

Other Popes named Pius

Pope Pius XI (Latin: Pius XI; Italian: Pio XI, 31 May 1857–10 February 1939), born Achille Ratti, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 260th Pope from 1922 to 1939.[1]

Priest[change | edit source]

Ratti was ordained as a priest in 1875.[2]

Father Ratti was a professor at the Padua Seminary from 1882 to 1888. He worked at Ambrosian Library of Milan from 1888 to 1911; and at the Vatican Library from 1911-1914.[2]

Bishop[change | edit source]

In 1919, Pope Benedict XV made Ratti a Bishop of Lepanto.[3]

In 1921, Benedict named him Archbishop of Milan.[2]

Cardinal[change | edit source]

In 1921, Ratti was made a cardinal.[4]

Pope[change | edit source]

Cardinal Ratti was elected pope on February 6, 1922; and he chose the name Pope Pius XI.[3]

Some of his decisions were controversial. He signed the Lateran Concordat with Italy in 1929; and he signed the Reichskoncordat with Germany in 1933.[5]

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References[change | edit source]

The Coat of Arms of Pius XI
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pope Pius XI", Embryo Project (2010); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Pontiff Spent His Life in Religion From His Boyhood Years," New York Times. February 10, 1939; retrieved 2011-11-9.
  4. Pius XI, a Diplomat and a Deep Student," New York Times. February 7, 1922; retrieved 2011-11-9.
  5. Flinn, Frank K. et al. (2007). "Pius XI," in Encyclopedia of Catholicism, p. 520.

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Media related to Pius XI at Wikimedia Commons


Preceded by
Benedict XV
Pope
1922–1939
Succeeded by
Pius XII