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Pope Pius Xii

Was This Anti-Nazi Pope Murdered?

Peter Eisner | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Peter Eisner

When people think of the Vatican and World War II, they think immediately of Pius XII, the controversial pontiff between 1939 and 1958. But before him, there was a little-remembered pope, Pope Pius XI, who was loudly outspoken against the Nazis and was determined to call the world's attention to their atrocities.

Holocaust Memorial Softens Stance On WWII Pope

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 07.01.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israel's national Holocaust memorial has toned down its account of Pope Pius XII's conduct toward the massacre of Jews during of World Wa...

Vatican Archives To Be Opened For Unprecedented Exhibit

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican will display 100 select documents from its Secret Archives at an unprecedented exhibit next year that includes previo...

Israeli Ambassador Praises Wartime Pope

Posted 08.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service (RNS) In a conciliatory gesture regarding one of the most sensitive points of Jewish-Catholic relations, Is...

When a Pope Needs Friends

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Pope Benedict is being kicked to the curb in nearly every part of the world. But I as a Jew do not forget that for all his failures, Benedict has been a great friend to the Jewish community,

Moral Cowardice and the Third Reich: The Legacy of Pius XII

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Pius is being falsely maligned by his critics as a pious fraud and moral coward who disgraced a great world religion, then why doesn't the Vatican fix the error by simply opening their archives?

Pius XII: Saint or Moral Coward?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The Timesreports that a Jewish medical machinery salesman from Long Island has emerged as "the Vatican's most outspoken Jewish ally in the debate over" Pope Pius XII's actions during the Holocaust.

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.

Mass Grave of History: The Vatican's WWII Identity Crisis

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Julia Gorin

In enshrining the Church's divided World War II loyalties by canonizing the ambivalent pope at the time, the Church would be announcing to the world what it's made of. Pius should be neither demonized nor sanctified.

Bestowing Sainthood on Pius XII Ignores a Heinous Past

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Even as evidence piled up that thousands of Jews were being shipped to the slaughter in Nazi concentration camps, Pius XII refused to reverse the Vatican's see-no-evil, hear-no-evil political course.