Pope: Vatican helped save Jews during Holocaust

January 17, 2010 21:11

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday defended Vatican actions in the face of the Holocaust, saying the Holy See worked quietly to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.

During a visit to Rome's Great Synagogue, Benedict praised courageous actions by Catholics in Italy and elsewhere and said the Vatican "itself provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way."

He did not name World War II Pope Pius XII, who some Jews and historians contend failed to speak out enough to save European Jews from the Nazi death camps.

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