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According to Catholic Culture, the Pope will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. However, the Pope will not enter it since the museum contains and exhibition that discusses the “silence of Pope Pius XII” and how various Catholic leaders did nothing to stop the Holocaust.

It seems to me that Pope Benedict XVI is once again being diplomatic in his approach. If His Holiness were to enter Yad Vashem, then it would probably be seen by some as an apology for the supposed sins that Pope Pius XII committed during the Holocaust. If he does not enter, on the other hand, he may anger those who believe that the Vatican has blood on its hands from sixty years ago.

Personally, I do not believe that the Vatican and its officials condoned the Holocaust. As I have stated elsewhere, Pope Pius XII did absolutely everything in his power to save the Jews residing in Rome and other parts of Italy during the Holocaust. Other Catholics throughout Europe also did the same. It is simply not fair to condemn all members of a particular religion because there were a few who stood by and did not do anything to stop a genocide.

Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us!

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