Letter #12, 2019: Pius XII: Hitler’s Pope
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Pius XII: Hitler’s Pope — Or a Saintly and Heroic Pontiff?
The Vatican has decided to open its secret archives for the war years of World War II (1939-1945). The decision was announced yesterday by Pope Francis.
(Note: Actually, the archives for the entire pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be opened, from 1939 until 1958. But the years that are likely to be most interesting and controversial are those first years, when the Second World War was raging.)
(Note also: This will not happen immediately; the archives will only be open starting in one year, on March 2, 2020