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From Times Online – January 4, 2010

Pius XII did help the Jews

The historical evidence that the wartime pontiff gave orders for Rome’s convents and monasteries to take in Jews fleeing the Nazis

William Doino Jr

In the Autumn of 1987, during one of his many meetings with the Jewish community, Pope John Paul II gave an important speech on the Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust. Recalling “the strong, unequivocal efforts of the Popes against anti-Semitism and Nazism,” he cited Pius XI’s condemnation of Nazism as “an enemy of the Cross of Christ,” and went on to praise his successor, Pius XII : “And I am convinced that history will reveal ever more clearly and convincingly how deeply Pius XII felt the tragedy of the Jewish people, and how hard and effectively he worked to assist them during the Second World War.” (altro…)

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Christianity is a social liberator.  And we Catholics should read our history. Christianity is the single most important element in the development of modern western society. Everything that we hold dear from science to women’s lib are inconceivable outside a Christian or post-Christian society. They have never appeared in any other environment. (….) its contribution remains foundational.

How Catholics must fight back

The Catholic church has been a force for good, and one of the foundations of our civilisation. We need to fight our corner in debate – James Hannam – guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 October 2009

The Intelligence Squared debate on Monday night saw the supporters of the motion that the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world decisively defeated.

As a historian, the fact that the Catholic Church has been a net contributor to human wellbeing is so obvious that it amazes me that it can even be a subject for debate. This realisation was a factor in my deciding to join the Church in the first place. One can reasonably ask whether Catholicism remains a positive influence today, whatever its record in the past. But even here, the arguments that can be made in favour of the Church are far more ponderous than those for the opposition. So why are Catholics so useless at making their case? (altro…)

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Propongo un articolo intervista unico che è stato redatto da un vecchio amico per il Secolo XIX.


Mussolini, Hitler e lo scontro tra i due Papi


A volte la storia può anche parlare. C’è una persona, a Genova, in grado di dare la sua testimonianza su uno dei passaggi più cruciali e controversi del Novecento: le scelte del Vaticano tra il 1938 e il 1939, a cavallo tra le leggi razziali diMussolini e la carneficina della seconda guerra mondiale scatenata da Hitler. Ma anche a cavallo tra due papi, Achille Ratti PioXI ed Eugenio Pacelli PioXII. La testimone è Bianca Penco, allora giovane dirigente dellaFuci, l’organizzazione degli universitari cattolici. (altro…)

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