This video is very clear and gives some insights into the papacy of Pope John XXIII on the eve of the Second Vatican Council. How would you explain this to your Protestant friends or Catholics who had never experienced this? Is it too much? Did Pope John XXIII think so too? Does this give an image of a rich Church for a rich people? How would the poor perceive this?
This video isn't as clear, although some of it is. It chronicles Pope Pius XII's papacy. Again the pageantry of papal visits and liturgies is highlighted. There is no question that during this period in Italy and Europe, the Church was very strong although it had to deal with Fascism, Nazism and Communism. Many who had embraced these ideologies were Catholic or former Catholics. There are some images of Pope Pius XII speaking and preaching. He was a very animated figure of a pope and very popular in Italy. His homilies and talks were passionate and you can see his passion. It is interesting that in this period, Pope Pius XII would speak from the main altar of St. Peter's to give his addresses and in a very animated way.