The pontiff praised Britain's fight against the Nazis - who "wished to eradicate God" - before relating it to modern day "atheist extremism".
Afterwards his spokesman Federico Lombardi said: "I think the Pope knows rather well what the Nazi ideology is".
Now ol' Joe indeed "knows rather well what the Nazi ideology is." He was a member of the Hitlerjungend at 14 and later blasted away at allied bombers as a flak gunner in Munich before deserting at the end of the war. I guess you don't have much time for bible thumping when you're thumping away on a Flak 88.