Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Vatican has published documents of World War II online

The Vatican has published all of its documents on World War II on the internet.

Now any person can look at these documents by going online. The site shows 12 volumes, comprised of internal documents from the Holy See. The collection of documents about the conflict are written in French and Italian.

The volumes include original written agreements made in World War II, the humanitarian activities of the Church, the letters that Pius XII sent to the German bishops before and during the war, and other related documents to Poland and the Baltic countries.

In 1965, Pope Paul VI oversaw four Jesuit historians that collected a selection of the documents on the war in the preserved Vatican archives.

The historians published them in successive volumes from 1965 to 1981. Now they are also available on the internet.


Gabriel Wilensky said...

The article above is factually incorrect. The documents related to the WWII period are those already published years ago, not all the documents. A vast amount of documentation still remains under lock in the Vatican Secret Archives.

Making the documents in the “Acts and Documents of the Holy See Relative to the Second World War” volumes widely available online is a good thing. However, it is important to point out that these documents had been available for decades and the commission established to elucidate the role of the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII during the Nazi Era based on these documents disbanded after it was unable to do just that with just those documents. The commission had requested further material from the Vatican Secret Archives but these were denied. Thus, no one should expect this material to make new revelations.

Gabriel Wilensky

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Helen Gonsalves said...

Thanks for the correction and information Gabriel. God Bless.