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The Vatican opened once-secret records on Pope Pius XII on March 2020. This gave researchers a brand new insight into the Catholic Church during the Nazi era. What did the Pope know about the Holocaust?

Pius XII, born Eugenio Pacelli, is one of the most controversial figures in recent church history. New archive material sheds light on his career and politics. As ambassador of the Holy See in Germany and Cardinal Secretary of State of the Vatican, Pacelli witnessed Hitler’s rise to power. He was elected Pope in 1939, just months before the start of World War II. But what role did he play during the Holocaust? Many accuse him of shirking his responsibilities; of complicit silence while minorities were murdered, especially the Jewish.

Just days after the archives opened, church historian Hubert Wolf discovered a document describing the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. Pope Pius XII read the paper on 27 September 1942, but its contents were never published. Nor were the notes in the margins by members of the Secretariat of State. But the Vatican claimed for decades that nothing was kept from the public.

Defenders of Pius XII say he acted in secret to save the lives of many Jews. Thousands were hidden in church institutions, and the Roman Curia helped them to escape abroad. But the credibility of the Roman Curia during the Holocaust is now at stake, with many still unanswered questions. Why did Pius XII not join the Allies’ protest in December 1942 against the extermination of the Jews?


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  • you are all going in a loop. it's clear that this Pope don't care about the life of other people, instead saving his own @$$. Roman Catholic is a fake christian. that's the truth!

  • There are National Socialists and International Socialists – both believe in oppressive big government which forces the individual to conform to the greater collective or be exterminated.

  • Lets see our bibles tell us exactly what that church is about nothing but pagans and heathens. God will have his judgement believe that. People need to wake up and see your false prophet will come from. Love you all. Glory to god and our big brother christ!

  • The church does not fear the truth …so they hide it for 80 years 😉 …& reveal only after all abusers & abused are gone .

  • The most powerful "moral" organisation on Earth does NOTHING to thwart the most evil thing that occurred on Earth. Speakers for God? I think the Devil incarnate

  • The 1st priority of every institution is its own survival. Whatever the outside issues are they are secondary to that. The Vatican should have been the exception. And it just wasn’t.

  • hey folks,
    so we all know for the most part our history is filled with official lies, eg 9/11 etc
    the pope said there was no holocaust, that was the truth, after the "axis" lost ww2 the catholic church was infiltrated, why else are we seeing LGBT churches?

    the axis was fighting against communism and the allies were fighting with communism, europe was enslaved and 60 million in europe have died under communism by their OWN governments

  • I'm not surprised? Who perceives the shadow complicity of "Ecclesiastical" Europe for atrocities committed during slavery and colonial occupation of Africa, of which the massacre in the Congo by "Christian" Belgium is a locus classicus? Silence tantamount to passive acceptance or support remains the greater atrocity.

  • If the church and pope want to really be transparent they should tell the truth about how many people the church murdered in the dark ages.
    Huss and Jerome were burned at the stake; all because they disagreed with the churches doctrine and held that scripture is the only guide in spiritual matters

  • Well, once the mass murder of abortion is actually recognized they will again ask what did the pope do about it. When they once recognize all the harm to the world by perverse sexual behavior and rampant deaths from AIDS they will ask again did the pope do enough. One day they will ask did the pope do enough about vaccines. They will ask did the pope do enough about the environment.

    They will always point fingers, use sinister music in documentaries, do selective edits, report selective facts and point fingers again. That is because THEY are Legion and accusations is what they do.

  • The German's to embarrasse the Jews offered amnesty to the Jews if they converted to the Catholic religion. Which was considered an abomination. Then later they were rounded up and executed.

  • Did FDR or Churchill know? Did Stalin know?? Three Allied powers with vast resources and a huge State Security and Intelligence Departments. They didn't know until late in the war.

    The Church had power and spies, in an era well bygone before WWII. The Vatican certainly didnt have the same or even approaching the level of the Allies Intelligence and Spies etcetera the Allies had. Even IF the Pope knew, what was he to do? Denounce the Nazis? Release a malestrom worse than what Italy suffered on his country?

    The true answer to this would be found in the UK or USA. Both countries knew, both had good relations with Rome.

    The most likely answer is the IF the Pope knew, he would have approached the Allies. And the Allies asked/pressured Him to remain silent…you know for the War effort..we are just about to invade…we will win quick save them…

    Its not like UK and USA didnt do EXACTLY that with Stalin..the times not right…we are looking at where to invade…we WILL open a second front soon….

    The most likely answer is Allied pressure to keep quiet IF he knew.

  • He knew EVERYTHING, because the Catholic church was still preaching hatred of Jews until 1964 in a dozen European countries. (mainly countries controlled by the Nazis in WW2)

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