POPE PIUS XII PRAISED BY ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

If you want to hold on to the belief that Pope Pius XII didn’t do enough to save Jews during World War II, go right ahead. Did he do enough? Well, who did besides Winston Churchill and a few others? But this article recognizes the pope for saving thousands of Jews, hiding over 5000 in convents, monasteries and schools in Rome and thousand more in the papal village. A catholic priest of the time, Gaetano Piccinini was just honored post-humously as a righteous Gentile.

WILL POPE’S BOOK SWAY ANTI-SEMITES?

In Associated Press article about Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, the writer says that within its pages, the Pope totally and specifically exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ.

“The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who writes frequently about spirituality, said the pope’s new book was a ‘ringing reaffirmation’ of Nostra Aetate, which was passed during the Second Vatican Council, with the pope putting his ‘personal stamp on it in a way that’s irrefutable.'”

It remains to be seen whether the highly regarded intellect of this Pope and his momentous affirmation of the Jewish people’s innocence of deicide will change centuries’ old hate and blame. But it can’t hurt, can it?