VATICAN OPENS WORLD WAR II ARCHIVES TO PUBLIC


21/02/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The Vatican announced that the archives, which belonged to the reign of Pope Pius XIII, who served during World War II, will be opened to the public on March 2.

The Vatican spokesman said it was open to anyone, regardless of nationality, faith and ideology, to apply for access to the Apostles ' Library, and there was no reason for the church to have any fear of history. The opening of the Archives is important for transparency between the Catholic and Jewish World.

To date, more than 150 historians and researchers have applied to examine the archives, especially the information about the Holocaust will be investigated. Some Jewish groups and historians argue that Pope Pius, who served between 1939 and 1958, remained silent on the Holocaust and did not do enough to save lives.

Those who defend Pope Pius, however, argue that he encouraged quiet diplomacy and monasteries and other religious institutions to help hide Jews. Former Pope Benedict XVI, one of Pope Pius ' defenders, called for the opening of the archives to be expedited, and Pope Francis announced that the library would be ready by 2 March.


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