Vatican City, Feb 20, 2020 / 11:32 am
The Vatican's archives on the pontificate of Venerable Pius XII will become available for study March 2, possibly bringing to light new information about the pope's actions during World War II.
Vatican archivists have said, however, that they do not expect any immediate surprises to emerge.
It is for the researchers to explore these questions, probably taking years "to make a historical judgement," Bishop Sergio Pagano, prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Archive, said Feb. 20.
He said "we believe that the new documents that open in different archives of the Holy See will better clarify, deepen, and contextualize, different aspects of the pontificate" of Ven. Pius XII.