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

Pope Francis appoints new prefect of Vatican archives

Jul 6, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Apostolic Archive contains 53 miles of shelving preserving documentation preserving important documents for the Church dating to the... Read more

Pope Francis receives a facsimile of a 1919 letter by Adolf Hitler for the Vatican archives during an audience with a delegation of Simon Wiesenthal Center at the Vatican, June 22, 2022.

Records of Jews who sought Vatican help during Holocaust to go public

Jun 23, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Relatives of Holocaust survivors and victims can now look through the files of more than 2,700 Jews who sought help... 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

Venerable Pius XII

Book gives more insight into the actions of Pius XII and his 'bureau' during WWII

Jan 7, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A new book provides further information from the archives of Venerable Pius XII, including the Vatican’s attempts to oppose the... Read more

 Msgr. Domenico Tardini in 1932.

Cardinal’s notes give depth to research in Venerable Pius XII archives

Jun 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s apostolic archives reopened to researchers in June after a nearly three-month closure because of the pandemic.  Read more

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

Vatican archives will reopen to scholars June 1

May 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican Apostolic Archive will reopen to researchers June 1 after closing for 12 weeks due to Italy’s coronavirus lockdown.  Read more

Armenians being deported.

Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide

Mar 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy... Read more