Investigation “directly contradicts the negative perception of the pope’s war time activities”.


Pope says Pius XII “spared no effort” to help Jews

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Thursday forcefully defended his wartime predecessor Pius XII against accusations he did not do enough to help the Jews, saying Pius “spared no effort” on their behalf during World War II.

The pope spoke to members of the U.S.-based Pave the Way Foundation, a mixed Jewish-Catholic group which held a symposium in Rome on the papacy of Pius, who reigned from 1939 to 1958.

The symposium prepared a 200-page compilation of documents, diplomatic cables and newspaper clippings from the period — some of them previously unpublished — showing Pius did much to help Jews during the war and was thanked by Jewish leaders.

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