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Defends Pope Pius XII

Defends Pope Pius XII

Although many of the victims of the Holocaust were indeed Jews, many Poles, Italians and Catholics also died at the Nazi concentration camps (“Catholic Scholars To Pope: Slow Down On Pius Sainthood,” Feb. 26).

I commend the Vatican for moving Pope Pius XII a step closer to sainthood. Despite largely Jewish efforts to cast a dark shadow over Pope Pius XII ’s good character, he and the Catholic Church saved more Jews in Europe during the Second World War than any other party, with the only exception being the Allied liberating armies themselves.

In 1946 Isaac Herzog, chief rabbi of Jerusalem wrote a letter to Pius XII thanking him for helping Jews during the Holocaust and for “sheltering thousands of children, who were hidden in Catholic institutions.”

Hamilton, Ontario

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