Thursday, October 09, 2008

Photos: Benedict XVI on the 50th anniversary of the death of Pius XII

source: Daylife.com

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a mass to commemorate the 50th anniversary of death of controversial Nazi-era Pope Pius XII on October 9, 2008 in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI backed the beatification of Pius XII, defending his actions during a "complex historical moment." (AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI (C) celebrates a mass to commemorate the 50th anniversary of death of controversial Nazi-era Pope Pius XII on October 9, 2008 in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI backed the beatification of Pius XII, defending his actions during a "complex historical moment." (AFP/Getty)

(Reuters)

AP Photo by ANDREW MEDICHINI

Pope Benedict XVI views the crypt of Pius XII in the grotto of Saint Peter's Basilica, on the 50th anniversary of his death at the Vatican October 9, 2008. Pope Benedict said on Thursday he hoped his Nazi-era predecessor Pius XII, who some Jews have accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust, can proceed on the road to Roman Catholic sainthood. Benedict defended Pius, saying he worked "secretly and silently" during World War Two to "avoid the worst and save the greatest number of Jews possible". (Reuters)


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The best defence of Pius XII's behaviour during the Second World War is provided by a Jewish Rabbi, David G Dalin author of "The Myth of Hitler's Pope - How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis". Pius acted on the maxim "Actions not words" especially as words would have had little effect on Hitler.