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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Benedict XVI names Pope Pius XII venerable

2009-12-21

Benedict XVI delayed naming Pius XII venerable for two years. In regards to those who are opposed to his beatification, Benedict XVI has consulted with various historians before signing the decree.

Representatives from Jewish communities world-wide have asked Benedict XVI to open the Vatican archives regarding Pius XII before his beatification, in order to contextualize his role in World War II.

While some criticize Pius XII for not condemning Hitler explicitly, others maintain that he preferred to avoid unnecessary public statements to keep more Jews from dying.


Before becoming pope, Eugenio Pacelli was the apostolic nuncio in Bavaria.

In 1929, at the age of 53, Pope Pius XI named Pacelli cardinal and returned to Rome as the Vatican secretary of state.

Ten years later, in 1939 he began his pontificate. He proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption. He died at age 82 after one of the longest an most difficult pontificates in history.

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