Francis to open Nazi-era Pius XII files?
The Telegraph is reporting a claim by Abraham Skorka, an Argentinian rabbi and long-time friend of the new pope, that Francis will open the long-sealed Vatican files on Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), who served as pope 1939-1958. These files may shed light on the activities of the Vatican during the Holocaust. This may solve a long-standing historical mystery regarding the Vatican’s stance during the Holocaust.
There are a wide variety of views of the topic (some summarized by the phrase “Hitler’s Pope”); the actual files may shed light.
Incidentally, I just today received a copy of On Heaven and Earth, the English translation of the book written by Jorge Bergoglio (Francis) and Abraham Skorka.