Pius XII Proposed as Righteous Among the Nations

Petition Presented to Benedict XVI

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VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 17, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A petition to recognize Pope Pius XII as Righteous Among the Nations at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has been announced by the Pave the Way Foundation.

The initiative was presented Wednesday to Benedict XVI by Gary Krupp, founder of the New York-based foundation, which strives to foster interreligious dialogue.

Krupp, himself a Jew, met with the Holy Father after the general audience.

Krupp also presented the Pope with a book about his predecessor: a volume that reproduces 255 pages of some 3,000 original documents about Pius XII. The documents, accompanied by photos, are the fruit of investigations into the life of Eugenio Pacelli and the work he did to help Jews during World War II.

«[It is] a sign of gratitude,» Krupp told L’Osservatore Romano, «for Benedict XVI’s initiatives in favor of dialogue between Catholics and Jews.»

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More information on the nomination: www.zenit.org/article-26345?l=english

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