Religion: Pius XII, 1876-1958

Miserere mei, Deus, secundum miseri-cordiam tuam.

These words [Have pity on me, God, according to thy mercy.'), which I pronounced at the moment in which with trepidation I accepted election as Supreme Pontiff, I now repeat at a time in which knowledge of the deficiencies, of the failures, of the sins committed during so long a pontificate and in so grave an epoch has made more clear to my mind my insufficiency and unworthiness . . . I pray those whose affair it is not to bother to erect any monuments to my memory: sufficient...

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