Oct 15, 2007
Sr. Margherita Marchione has written several books on Pope Pius XII and World War II. In this concise book, she defends the sanctity and cause of the Servant of God, Pope Pius XII whom she says should be canonized and also declared a Righteous Gentile.
Since the early 1960s, many have questioned the actions of Pope Pius XII during World War II. Some claim he was too silent and that more could’ve been done to save Jews from the Holocaust. As Marchione shows, this slander originated with the Communists of the Soviet Union and was then picked up on by anti-Catholics and anti-papal Catholics who used it for their own ends.
She shows that some Jewish leaders and organizations praised Pope Pius during his life and at his death for what he did for Jews throughout Europe by citing their own documents and newspaper reports. Contrastingly, today several Jewish organizations have questioned if the pope did enough or if he did anything to help the Jews.
Marchione addresses many of the usual questions regarding what Pope Pius did during the War. She says the pope spoke out many times in various ways through Vatican Radio, L’Osservatore Romano (Vatican newspaper), he protested through his nuncios (ambassadors), and through other Church officials. Many times his speeches and sermons were understood by the Nazis or the Fascists which led them to become angry and violent.