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.
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.