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July 2, 2012 | By David Ng
A Holocaust museum in Israel has slightly softened its rhetoric regarding the inaction of Pope Pius XII in the face of the deportation of Jews during World War II. Yad Vashem -- the cultural center for Holocaust studies in Jerusalem -- changed the wording on an explanatory wall panel that is part of an ongoing display. The modified wall panel, which was installed Sunday, incorporates views of those who defend the Pope.  Pope Pius XII has long been a figure of contention between the Vatican and Israel.
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March 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Pope Francis won praise from Jewish leaders after his election this week to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a promising sign for future relations between two faiths with a troubled history. Several Jewish leaders said the new pope, who is from Argentina, already had a record of fostering good relations. “Pope Francis has demonstrated his profound solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina in both times of sorrow and joy,” Rabbi David Rosen, international director of inter-religious affairs for the American Jewish Committee advocacy group, said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1999
While rightfully praising Pope Pius XI for trying to confront the evils of Nazi Germany ("Hidden Encyclical Could Have Changed World," Commentary, March 8), Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center perpetuates what Newsweek religion writer Kenneth Woodward termed "monstrous calumnies" against Pope Pius XII. Rabbi Hier asserts that "only Pius XI was willing to confront Adolph Hitler, no matter what the consequences." This ignores the multitude of prominent Jewish voices--including the World Jewish Congress, the Hebrew Commission, Golda Meir, Albert Einstein and Chief Rabbi Israel Zolli of Rome--who heaped praise and gratitude upon Pope Pius XII. It ignores the testimony of Israeli diplomat and scholar Pinchas Lapide, who credited the words and actions of Pope Pius XII with "saving the lives of as many as 860,000 Jews from certain death at Nazi hands."
WORLD
March 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The name chosen by the next pope will be his first decision -- and the first clue to how he will lead the Roman Catholic Church. Once a pontiff is elected in the Sistine Chapel, he is asked which name he will use. The last pope, Benedict XVI, said he took the name to link himself to Benedict XV, who led the church from 1914 to 1922 and “guided the church through the turbulent times of the First World War.” The same name evoked St. Benedict...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1991
Conrad's cartoon captures an important truth. Pope John Paul II thinks abortion is the same as the Nazi Holocaust. The unborn have total Vatican power sanctioning their human rights, but millions of Jews, Catholics and Gypsies brutally slaughtered when Pope Pius XII ruled did not have public Vatican support. Conrad's stinging image duly points out the obvious hypocrisy for all to see. MARGI SULLIVAN Rancho Cucamonga
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Starting Feb. 15, the Vatican will give scholars access to key pre-World War II archives, which may help to clarify the attitude of Pope Pius XII toward the Nazi persecution of Jews. The documents will be open for examination in the reading rooms of the Secret Vatican Archives and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement. The documents deal with relations between the Vatican and Germany during the prewar years of 1922 to 1939.
NEWS
May 5, 1989
Cardinal Giuseppe Siri, 82, the archbishop of Genoa and a perennial candidate for the papacy. Siri, a cardinal since 1953, attended four conclaves, the meetings in which Popes are elected. He was described as Pope Pius XII's choice to succeed him, and in the last two conclaves was a leading vote-getter in early balloting. He was an archconservative who opposed many of the reforms of Pope John XXIII and who tried to block initiatives during the Vatican II Council held from 1962-65. A staunch anti-communist, he nonetheless maintained working relations with the Socialist-Communist alliance running Genoa.
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November 14, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cardinal Paul-Emile Leger, considered a papal candidate until he left his post as archbishop of Montreal to work in squalor as an African missionary, died Wednesday. He was 87. Leger was admitted to the Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Montreal last week after suffering an asthma attack. Hospital officials said he died of respiratory complications.
WORLD
March 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Pope Francis won praise from Jewish leaders after his election this week to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a promising sign for future relations between two faiths with a troubled history. Several Jewish leaders said the new pope, who is from Argentina, already had a record of fostering good relations. “Pope Francis has demonstrated his profound solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina in both times of sorrow and joy,” Rabbi David Rosen, international director of inter-religious affairs for the American Jewish Committee advocacy group, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By David Ng
A Holocaust museum in Israel has slightly softened its rhetoric regarding the inaction of Pope Pius XII in the face of the deportation of Jews during World War II. Yad Vashem -- the cultural center for Holocaust studies in Jerusalem -- changed the wording on an explanatory wall panel that is part of an ongoing display. The modified wall panel, which was installed Sunday, incorporates views of those who defend the Pope.  Pope Pius XII has long been a figure of contention between the Vatican and Israel.
OPINION
March 27, 2010 | Tim Rutten
This has been a tough Lent for the Roman Catholic Church. Its seemingly endless sexual abuse scandal finally has seeped into the papal apartments, and the Vatican's response to this week's revelations suggests that far too little has been learned from this squalid affair. Until now, Pope Benedict XVI had seemed to be taking a far more forthright approach to the problem than his predecessor, John Paul II, most recently in a blistering "pastoral letter" to the entire Irish church. This week, however, the New York Times published a pair of stories suggesting that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger -- the future Pope Benedict -- participated in precisely the sort of secrecy and administrative negligence that has been at the root of this scandal.
OPINION
February 2, 2009
Re "Vatican resolute on Holocaust denier," Jan. 28 I was astonished to read that the pope has rescinded the excommunication of anti-Semitic Bishop Richard Williamson, who claims the Holocaust never happened. As a cradle Catholic, I am appalled that the prelate of my church would hide behind the legal technicalities of canon law to allow this obviously loathsome man to resume his affiliation with Catholicism. This is as horrifying to me as learning that Pope Pius XII at the time of the Holocaust turned a blind eye to the annihilation of Jews, Gypsies and anyone else who did not measure up to the Third Reich standards.
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July 15, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
THERE comes a moment in life when the weight of memory and emotion can lead to action. For Saul Friedlander, that moment arrived when he stumbled upon a misfiled Nazi document in Bonn, during research for a book on U.S.-German relations before World War II. During 1941, as news of Hitler's atrocities began spreading, Pope Pius XII had warmly invited the Berlin Opera to perform selections from Wagner at the Vatican, according to a formerly secret telegram that Friedlander read.
OPINION
July 5, 2006
ON A VISIT TO THE AUSCHWITZ death camp in late May, Pope Benedict XVI said, "In a place like this, words fail." Those are especially understandable words coming from a man of faith whose native country carried out the Holocaust and who was conscripted into the Hitler Youth and the German army. As it happens, though, words can give new understanding to the most horrific events of the past.
WORLD
August 22, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Newly discovered U.S. diplomatic documents including a confidential memo written by the future Pope Pius XII indicate that whatever the pontiff's failings to publicly confront Adolph Hitler, he came to privately believe that compromise with the Nazi regime was "out of the question." A year before Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli -- the future Pius XII -- cautioned against compromise in a 1938 memo intended for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Starting Feb. 15, the Vatican will give scholars access to key pre-World War II archives, which may help to clarify the attitude of Pope Pius XII toward the Nazi persecution of Jews. The documents will be open for examination in the reading rooms of the Secret Vatican Archives and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement. The documents deal with relations between the Vatican and Germany during the prewar years of 1922 to 1939.
WORLD
October 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
The Vatican, trying to counter charges that the papacy was silent in the face of the Holocaust, confirmed Tuesday that it will open up secret archives from the years leading up to World War II. The archives include documents from 1922 to 1939. Eugenio Pacelli was Vatican ambassador in Berlin during part of this period before becoming Pope Pius XII. Also to be made available are letters to the Vatican from people looking for prisoners of war and others who disappeared between 1940 and '46.
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