US to honor Pope who helped save Jews in WWII

April 15, 2007 17:54

A US commission will dedicate a plaque Sunday honoring Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, later Pope John XXIII, who helped saves the lives of European Jews during World War II. While papal delegate in Turkey and Greece during the Holocaust, Roncalli sent money and false documents to Budapest which were used by Catholic officials and Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, among others, to assist tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews. As Pope John XXIII, Roncalli made great efforts to help the reconciliation between Catholics and Jews. Around 550,000 Hungarian Jews and 50,000 Gypsies were killed in the Holocaust.

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