Posts Tagged ‘Pope Pius XII’

Vatican marks 70 years since proclamation of dogma of the Assumption

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Catholics in Rome marked the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption Sunday with a solemn Mass offered by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza. Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of the Virgin Mary formally as a dogma of the Catholic faith on Nov. 1, 1950. This invoked papal infallibility to proclaim in Read more

Pius XII’s wartime archives on Holocaust opening

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Pope Pius XII’s wartime archives will be opened, the Vatican has announced. This will enable scholars to probe accusations that Pius turned a blind eye to the Holocaust. They will find he helped Jews behind the scenes, Holy See officials say. “I don’t think you will find a smoking gun,” Father Norbert Hofmann, the top Read more

Opening archives won’t settle debate over Pius XII and the Holocaust

Monday, March 18th, 2019
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Whatever else Pope Francis’s decision Monday to open the archives from the pontificate of Pius XII in 2020 may mean, there’s one preliminary conclusion that seems take-it-to-the-bank, no-doubt-about-it, slam-dunk certain. Here it is: Opening the archives will not – indeed, by definition, cannot – settle the historical controversy about Pius XII and his alleged silence Read more

Vatican opening archives on Holocaust-era pope

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Pope Francis says the Vatican archives on Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII will be opened next year. Pius’s role – helping or ignoring the plight of Jews during the holocaust – has been much debated. On the one hand, he has often been criticised by Jews for his apparent silence during the holocaust. On the other, Read more

Vatican wartime archives online

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Some of the Vatican wartime archives will soon be available free of charge online. However, the documents won’t include material directly relating to Pius XII. Pope Pius XII’s attitude and behaviour towards the Holocaust has often been criticised. Read more Related Posts:Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversaryThe Priestly Society of Saint Pius Read more

What Pius XII learned from the Armenian genocide

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

One key to understanding how Pius XII responded to the Holocaust – both his hesitation to name both murderers and victims and his efforts to save as many lives as possible – is the Vatican’s diplomacy during World War I when Benedict XV (1914-22) unsuccessfully attempted to save the Armenians during the genocide of 1915-18 Read more

Former spy tells of campaign to discredit Pius XII

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Further evidence of a Soviet plot to frame Pope Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope” has been revealed in a new book co-authored by a former Romanian intelligence chief. Ion Mihai Pacepa, who defected to the United States in 1978, previously claimed he was part of a KGB-led campaign of disinformation to discredit the wartime pontiff, Read more

Holocaust museum revises criticism of Pope Pius XII

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The Holocaust museum in Jerusalem has revised the controversial text of a plaque in which Pope Pius XII was portrayed as silent in the face of Nazi persecution of Jews. Officials at the Yad Vashem museum said the change was made on the recommendation of its International Institute for Holocaust Research, not as a result Read more