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Israeli ambassador modifies stand on Pope Pius XII

June 27, 2011

Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, who said last week that Pope Pius XII had acted effectively to save Jews from the Nazi Holocaust, has backed away from that judgment, saying that it might be “premature.”

Mordechai Lewy said that the actions of Catholic religious orders, who took in Jews to protect them after the Nazis began a roundup in Rome, “is still the subject of ongoing and future research,” and he did not intend to suggest a final judgment.

Lewy had drawn a distinction in his earlier statement between concrete acts to save Jewish lives, which Pope Pius XII had taken, and public statements denouncing the Holocaust, which the wartime Pope did not make.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 27, 2011 8:45 PM ET USA

    Somebody got to this guy with a brick. Wouldn't it be amusing to be privy to the embassy's diplomatic cable? Chances are high that there will be a new representative to the Vatican soon.