Eight different testimonies reveal how Pius XII asked at least 49 convents to hide and house Jews, and declared those convents to be extraterritorial areas under the authority of the Vatican, Oversteyns found.
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Orthodox rabbis’ praise of Christianity as a ‘gift to the nations’ comes shortly after the Vatican’s statements marking the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.
Representatives of various religious groups joined with Canada’s Catholic bishops in responding to the nation’s recent Supreme Court decision.
The Second Vatican Council ushered in a sea change in relations between the Church and the Jewish people with the declaration Nostra Aetate.
When he was arrested over his involvement in the salvation of 100 Jews from a similar fate, Odoardo Focherini was 37, had been married 14 years and had seven children.