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February 28, 2000
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The wartime pope was right not to publicly condemn the Holocaust because such a statement from Pope Pius XII could have cost more Jewish lives, the papal representative in the Holy Land told Israel Television. Archbishop Pietro Sambi’s statement came less than a month before Pope John Paul II’s planned trip to Israel and is likely to aggravate the resentment many Israelis feel toward the Roman Catholic Church for its failure to publicly condemn Nazism during the war.

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