Pope to open secret archives of wartime pontiff, shedding light on Vatican’s Holocaust actions
Jews have long appealed for the documents to be revealed, with some accusing Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 until 1958, of staying quiet while the Holocaust unfolded in Europe.
The Vatican has maintained that Pius worked quietly behind the scenes to save Jews and to not worsen the situation.
Declaring that the “church is not afraid of history,” Francis announced on Monday that the archives will be opened on March 2, 2020. Jewish groups have welcomed the news.
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