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1944: Britain concerned about Pius XII’s defense of Jews

Catholic World News - May 18, 2011

Referring to Venerable Pius XII, Great Britain’s representative to the Holy See “feared [that] the Holy Father may make Radio appeal on behalf of Jews in Hungary and that in his appeal he may also criticize what the Russians are doing in occupied territory,” according to a diplomatic note discovered by the Pave the Way Foundation.

“Sir D’Arcy [Osborne] said something should be done to prevail upon the Pope not to do this, as it would have very serious political repercussions,” the note added.

Osborne served as Britain’s representative to the Holy See from 1936 to 1947.

The 1944 note was signed by Franklin Gowan, the assistant to the Myron Taylor, the US representative to the Holy See.

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  • Posted by: rpp - May. 18, 2011 7:22 PM ET USA

    Let me guess, this document did not appear in the book, "Hitler's Pope", right?

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