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Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Why the pope prays the Angelus publicly on Sundays

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It all started more than 67 years ago. 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

Msgr Hugh O'Flaherty bronze memorial by Alan Ryan Hall, located on Mission Road, Kilarney, Ireland.

Ireland’s Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty, a Vatican ‘defender of the weak’

Mar 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who hid Italian Jews from the Nazis and went on to baptize the former... 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


Vatican to open WWII secret archives of Pope Pius XII

Mar 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open its archives on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Confidential files... Read more


The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Dec 18, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a new... Read more

Pope Pius XII.

Pius XII knew he would be misunderstood, theologian says

Sep 26, 2013

By Elise Harris

A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican archives says... Read more

Pope Pius XII. CNA file photo.

Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint

Jul 31, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved... Read more

The entrance to the Yad Vashem memorial.

Yad Vashem honors Italian cardinal who rescued Jews

Nov 28, 2012

Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as... Read more

Pope Pius XII.

Holocaust museum praised for corrections to Pius XII exhibit

Jul 5, 2012

Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made changes to a controversial exhibit on Pope Pius XII, presenting a more balanced... Read more

Pope Pius XII

Pius XII letters only taste of full Vatican archive

Mar 5, 2012

The Jewish New Yorker who has made it his life’s work to clear the name of Pope Pius XII is... Read more