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Expectant moms fleeing the Nazis had ‘labor & delivery’ in the papal apartments

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©Musei Vaticani / Villas Pontificias 1944

Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz - published on 05/17/22

Pius XII would eventually die in the same room that had seen the birth of as many as 40 new babies.

The bed where Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) would eventually die also served as a birthing bed where 40 children first saw the light of day. Many of them were baptized with the name Eugenio in honor of the pope.

Pius XII died in 1958 in the main bedroom of the pontifical apartment at the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, located about 16 miles from Vatican City.

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