Curator says Vatican secret archives vindicate Pius XII
July 02, 2009
The opening of the secret Vatican archives from the period of World War II will give a major boost to the reputation of Pope Pius XII, according to the curator of that collection. "When the archives can be published, there will be some nice surprises," said Bishop Sergio Pagano in an impromptu interview. He said that the documentation proved that the wartime Pope, who has been criticized for his response to the Holocaust, actually "ran personal risks" to save the lives of Jews.
Bishop Pagano said, however, that the archives from the wartime papacy will not be made public soon. "You'll have to wait 5 or 6 years," he predicted.
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