World Jewish Congress criticizes Pope's decision to beatify Pius XII

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The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Monday criticized the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to pave the way for the beatification of his controversial war-time predecessor Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), who was pontiff of the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder declared: "As long as the archives of Pope Pius about the crucial period 1939 to 1945 remain closed, and until a consensus on his actions - or inaction - concerning the persecution of millions of Jews in the Holocaust is established, a beatification is inopportune and premature."