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Pope Francis to Open World War II-Era Vatican Archives to Scrutiny

posted on March 4, 2019

The Washington Post’s Chico Harlan and Paul Schemm report, “The Vatican announced Monday that it would open up its secret archives on the World War II papacy of Pope Pius XII, whom some scholars have accused of keeping silent about the Holocaust.” Pope Francis said, “The church is not afraid of history.” Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s director of interreligious affairs, said, “It is particularly important that experts from the leading Holocaust memorial institutes in Israel and the U.S. objectively evaluate as best as possible the historical record of that most terrible of times, to acknowledge both the failures as well as the valiant efforts made during the period of the [Holocaust].”

Read at The Washington Post