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The Franciscan friar Fr. Placido Cortese (1907-1944).

Pope Francis advances sainthood cause of Italian Catholic priest who saved Jews in WWII

Aug 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Placido Cortese has been dubbed “the Italian Fr. Kolbe.” Read more

Pope Pius XII / public domain

Expert’s latest investigation dispels myths about Pius XII and Rome's Jews

Aug 29, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Pius XII was not silent in front of the Shoah nor inactive. He was, instead, very much committed to... Read more

The Umschlagplatz Monument in Warsaw, Poland, where more than 300,000 Jews were transported from the Warsaw Ghetto to Nazi death camps.

Polish Catholic bishop: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising anniversary is ‘an appeal to love one’s neighbor’

Apr 19, 2021

The uprising -- the largest single Jewish revolt of World War II -- was launched 78 years ago Read more

Fr. Marceli Godlewski. Credit: Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary, Warsaw.

How a Catholic pastor saved hundreds of his Jewish neighbors in the Warsaw Ghetto

Jan 27, 2021

Before the war, Fr. Marceli Godlewski seemed an unlikely candidate to be honored as “Righteous Among the Nations.” But he... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 27, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis on Holocaust Remembrance Day: ‘These things can happen again’

Jan 27, 2021

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that commemorating the Holocaust means to be aware that “these things can happen again.”   Read more

Pope Pius XII. Public domain.

Scholars dispute charge of Pius XII Holocaust cover-up

May 1, 2020

By JD Flynn

Scholars say charges made last month that Pope Pius XII covered-up the Vatican’s knowledge of the Holocaust are based on... Read more

Documents from the Pontificate of Pius XII released by the Vatican Apostolic Archive.

Scholar hopes Vatican archives will give 'fuller, transparent' picture of Pius XII

Mar 15, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A researcher from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum told CNA that she hopes the recent opening of the Pius... Read more

Pope Francis prays at Auschwitz July 29, 2016.

'Never again': Pope Francis calls for prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has asked for people to spend a moment in prayer and recollection on Monday for International Holocaust Remembrance... Read more

Victims of genocide at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, Europe's bishops condemn anti-Semitism, call for peace

Jan 25, 2020

Seventy-five years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the Catholic bishops of Europe condemned racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism,... Read more

Irena Sendler.

Film to portray Catholic woman who saved Jewish children in WWII 

Dec 23, 2019

The true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic woman who helped smuggle thousands of Jewish children out of the... Read more

Dachau concentration camp.

‘Secret preacher’ of Dachau concentration camp beatified

Sep 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The ‘secret preacher of block 17’ who witnessed to Christ in a Nazi concentration camp was beatified this week in... Read more

Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak.

Polish nun who helped saved Jews during Holocaust dies at 110

Nov 21, 2018

Believed to be the “oldest nun in the world,” Polish Dominican nun Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak has died at the... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Kaunas, Lithuania Sept. 23, 2018.

Pope Francis: Christian life always includes the cross

Sep 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As can be seen throughout history, the life of a Christian cannot escape the sacrifices and sorrows of the cross,... Read more

Jose Arturo Castellanos.

The El Salvadoran who helped rescue 40,000 Jews from the Holocaust

Jul 30, 2017

José Arturo Castellanos was a Catholic from El Salvador who during the Second World War was sent as a diplomat... Read more

A number tattooed on the forearm of Lidia Maksimovic Bocarova, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The story of a Holocaust survivor who encountered Pope Francis

Jul 29, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

A survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp welcomed Pope Francis’ Friday visit and asked the world to remember the suffering... Read more

Pope Francis pays a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on July 29, 2016.

The cruelty of Auschwitz still continues, Pope tells youth

Jul 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

Speaking from the balcony of the bishop's palace in Krakow, Pope Francis told youth gathered below that the horror lived... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Auschwitz concentration camp, July 29, 2016.

At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God's forgiveness

Jul 29, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 6, 2016.

Pope Francis to meet Holocaust survivors during Auschwitz visit

Jul 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

Though rumors have been floating for some time, the Vatican confirmed that the Pope will meet with 10 Holocaust survivors... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal plane, August 14, 2014.

How the Pope's visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Jun 16, 2016

Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and... Read more

Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky

Heroic virtue of Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews recognized

Jul 17, 2015

On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the... Read more