|Venerable Pius XII with his Pet Bird|
Perhaps some are angry that he did not single-handedly infiltrate Germany during WWII and assassinate der Fuhrer. Perhaps he is not Vatican II enough. All the Bear knows is that the process seems to be stalled without reason, when we could derive comfort from a St. Pius XII, especially now.
Many will have seen pictures of this saintly Pope with his pet bullfinch. Here is the story behind them.
Pius XII was walking in his garden when he noticed a disabled bullfinch. He didn’t ‘pass by on the other side’. He didn’t just direct a gardener to dispose of it. Like the Good Samaritan he took it up tenderly, carried it back to the Vatican (which has seen papal pets before now) and nursed it back to health and strength. After that the bird was never happier than when in his presence. It flew round the room when the Pope was shaving and settled on his head and even on his electric razor, enjoying an intimacy allowed to no other, man or beast. It was a sad moment when Sister Pasqualina carried the bird back to a Vatican that would know Pius XII no more.Pope Pius XII cared about animals. You can read more here, from The Ark.