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Pope Francis asks that full Pius XII archives be digitalized, published

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FILE PHOTO OF POPE PIUS XII

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Pope Pius XII writes one of his wartime Christmas radio messages using a typewriter at the Vatican in this undated photo. On Nov. 4 the Vatican opened a major exhibit on the life and pontificate of Pope Pius XII, highlighting the late pope's actions on behalf of Jews and others who suffered during World War II. (CNS photo/courtesy of Libreria Editrice Vaticana) (Nov. 7, 2008) See PIUS-EXHIBIT Nov. 4, 2008.

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 06/23/22

The Holy Father wants the letters sent to Pius XII asking for help to be available for study.

Pope Francis has requested the digital publication of the archives of the pontificate of Pius XII, the pope of World War II. While Pius XII is sometimes accused of doing little to help Jews or stop Hitler, historians contend this is not an accurate portrayal.

The Vatican press office announced Pope Francis’ request on June 23, 2022. The 179 volumes, almost 40,000 unique files, contain requests for help addressed to Pius by Jews from all over Europe after the start of Nazi and Fascist persecution.

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