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« on: October 06, 2013, 02:26:01 AM »
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  • The last living person whom the Bishop of Assisi saved from being killed during the h0Ɩ0cαųst met with Pope Francis yesterday, thanking him for the Church's role in protecting her people.

    “Thank you for what the Church did for us,” Graziella Viterbi, 88, told Pope Francis Oct. 4 at the archbishop's residence in Assisi, where her family fled as refugees in 1943.

    “I thank you,” Pope Francis replied. “Pray for me.”

    Before this exchange, the two had greeted each other, both saying “shalom.”

    The two met in the “hall of divestment,” the room in the bishop's residence where St. Francis stripped  off his clothes and embraced a life of poverty dedicated to Christ.

    Pope Francis is the first Pope in 800 years to have visited the room, where many Jews stayed during World War II.

    Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, said in his address at the meeting that in that very hall, his predecessor, Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, had welcomed many Jews during the time of nαzι occupation.

    Around 200 Jєωιѕн refugees moved to Assisi during World War II, where there had never before been a Jєωιѕн community. Viterbi's father, Emilio, moved his family there in 1943.

    Emilio Viterbi had been a highly esteemed professor at the University of Padua, but lost his position there in 1938 when Italy's fascist government issued racial laws which excluded Jews from higher education and public office.

    In 1943, the Viterbis moved to Assisi after Italy's armistice with the Allies. Assisi attracted many refugees as its location in central Italy was closer to the front lines. The north of Italy, including Padua, was at the time under nαzι control.

    Bishop Nicolini, who was a Benedictine and had been Bishop of Assisi since 1928, built a clandestine network to help Jews, saving them from nαzι persecution. Very few Assisi residents were even aware of the some 200 Jews among the refugees in their city.

    According to Graziella Viterbi, Bishop Nicolini “kept the authentic identity cards of all the Jews hidden in Assisi in a niche right behind his working desk.”

    Bishop Nicolini managed the secret network together with his secretary, Fr. Aldo Brunacci; Fr. Rufino Nicacci, Franciscan guardian of the Church of San Damiano; and with Michele Todde, of a convent in the city.

    More than 300 Jews were saved by the network, which disguised them in convents and monasteries, especially among cloistered women.

    The network was spread across a wide area, including even Florence and Genoa, some 250 miles away.  The late cyclist Gino Bartali, who was recognized this year as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Israel, reportedly served as messenger for Bishop Nicolini's network.

    The network was completed by two typographers, Luigi and Trento Brizi, who printed false documents for the Jєωιѕн refugees. Viterbi recounted that the city's mayor, Arnaldo Fontini, cared for all her family's religious objects, “hiding everything in his garden.”

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/h0Ɩ0cαųst-survivor-thanks-pope-for-churchs-aid-in-wwii/

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    « Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 12:43:32 PM »
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  • Dang it, Poche! You made me think pope Francis did something of redeeming value!
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    Matthew 6:34
    " Be not therefore solicitous for to morrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof."


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    « Reply #2 on: October 08, 2013, 11:04:29 PM »
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  • Quote from: Mama ChaCha
    Dang it, Poche! You made me think pope Francis did something of redeeming value!
     :really-mad2:

    This was Pope Pius XII

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    « Reply #3 on: October 11, 2013, 01:54:59 PM »
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  • "Pope" Francis has been receiving thanks from sodomites, Christ-rejecting Jews, Planned Parenthood, Protestants, etc. Give me a break! He's not even remotely a Catholic, let alone pope.

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    « Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 02:40:19 AM »
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  • Quote from: Anna Maria
    "Pope" Francis has been receiving thanks from sodomites, Christ-rejecting Jews, Planned Parenthood, Protestants, etc. Give me a break! He's not even remotely a Catholic, let alone pope.

    This thread was about Pope Pius XII


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    « Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013, 02:37:42 AM »
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  • The efforts of the Catholic Church were undoubtedly decisive in the escape of most of Rome's Jews during World War II, according to a Jєωιѕн historian and columnist of “L’Osservatore Romano.”

    In a recently published book, “Portico d'Ottavia, 13,” Anna Foa describes the only raid against Jews committed by nαzιs in Rome. The book is named for the address of the Oct. 16, 1943 raid.

    Foa told CNA Oct. 10 that “nαzιs entered in the courtyard and knocked on everyone's doors. They captured 30 people, one third of the inhabitants of the house.”

    She also explained that “nαzιs had a list of the Jews living in that courtyard. The list was drafted basing on the census of Jews made in Italy in 1938, and on a list of taxpayers.”

    This was “the first and last time the nαzιs used a list to capture Jews” in Rome. Afterwards, Jews were apprehended by casual raids on public transport, or by spy reports.

    Why did this list disappear?

    Foa hypothesizes that then-Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Luigi Maglione, agreed with the German ambassador to the Holy See, Ernst von Weiszaeker, that no “formalized raids would ever take place again in Rome.”

    This hypothesis is based on “a letter ambassador Weiszaeker sent to Berlin, writing that ‘here in Rome there will undoubtedly not be carried out actions against the Jews.’”

    Foa maintained that the ambassador’s words have “no clear meaning,” but that they may refer to a sort of agreement nαzιs made with Catholic Church.

    In fact, she said, “the Church was the only organizing force” during the war, and it “made a great contribution to the saving of the Roman Jews.”

    Only 1,006 Roman Jews were captured and sent to cσncєnтrαтισn cαмρs. This has been attributed to the ‘passive resistance’ of the Roman population and also of fascists, who used to hide and help Jews, advising them in case of persecution.

    But it was also due, Foa said, to “the organization of the Church, which opened convents to Jєωιѕн refugee as part of an aid network that could be developed only thanks a direction from the top levels” – that is, Pope Pius XII.

    Pius XII has been accused for staying “silent” about the Jєωιѕн persecution, failing to make official statements against the nαzι's policy towards them.

    Yet the Pope was aware that any official statement would have made the Church’s efforts to aid them all the more difficult, she explained.

    Pius XII allowed nuns, monks, priests, and prelates in his diocese, including several at the vicariate, to involve themselves in Jєωιѕн rescue, she said. Many Church institutions, including Vatican properties, sheltered Jews as well as other fugitives for long periods of World War II.

    According to Foa, “focusing the discussion only on Pius XII is a derailment. In Rome, Jews were mostly saved by the Church. The role of convents was pivotal.”

    Foa explained that nαzιs did not enter convents because “the Vatican posed targets claiming the extraterritoriality of the convents, and the nαzιs did not want to ‘invade’ the territory of a neutral state.”

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/historian-catholic-church-pivotal-in-rescue-of-roman-jews/


     

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