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New Papal Secretary Seen As Indication of Friendlier Tone by Vatican Towards Zionism

A friendlier feeling on the part of the Vatican towards Palestine Zionist problems is expected to be a direct result of the appointment of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli as Papal Secretary to succeed Cardinal Gaspari. In 1917 Cardinal Pacelli was appointed Papal Nuncio at Munich but during his stay in Germany he did not express any definite opinion on Palestine questions but he did, on one occasion, receive Nahum Sokolow, Zionist leader, and express his sympathy for Zionism.

It can be stated with certainty, however, that the new Papal Secretary, emphatically disapproves of German anti-Semitism which is simultaneously a dangerous opponent of Catholicism. It is therefore expected that Cardinal Pacelli during his period of office in the Vatican will be generally opposed to the anti-Semitic movement.

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