Lewy backtracks on praise of Pius XII

ROME - An official who caused a storm in the Jewish world by praising Pope Pius XII for saving Jews during World War Two backtracked on Sunday, saying his judgement was "historically premature."
The comments made last Thursday by Mordechay Lewy, the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican, were some of the warmest ever made by a Jewish official about Pius. Most have been very critical of his record.