The Holy Father was very warmly received at Rome’s synagogue this afternoon, and those gathered gave him a standing ovation at the end of his address.
He made no explicit reference to the Pius XII controversy, except to underline the efforts the Apostolic See made to save Rome Jews during Nazi persecution. Historians say the “hidden and discreet” assistance given by the Vatican can be traced to the direct intructions of Pius XII.
Here is Benedict XVI’s complete speech, one filled with sensitivity and respect for the Jewish people.
“What marvels the Lord worked for them!
What marvels the Lord worked for us:
Indeed we were glad” (Ps 126)
“How good and how pleasant it is
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