Pope takes action on secret archives

Pope Francis nixed a plan to open secret Vatican archive files relevant to the Holocaust following pressure from Germany and France, an informed Western diplomat based in Tel Aviv told WND.


Francis was to make the announcement Sunday during his speech at Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as a sign of reconciliation toward the world Jewish community. Major Jewish organizations had petitioned Francis to open Holocaust-era Vatican archives.


Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Britain’s Guardian last week: “Giving full access to the Vatican archives from the Holocaust would be a very important step in facilitating a truthful evaluation of several subjects, among them what the Vatican knew about the Holocaust and when they received that information.”

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