Pope Pius XII one step closer to sainthood

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Pope Benedict XVI has signed a decree that shifts World War II-era Pope Pius XII one step closer to sainthood. But there are some in the Jewish community who say that Pius did little to stop the murder of some 6 million Jews by Germany’s Nazi regime during his papacy, which began in 1939 and ended in 1958. Kenneth Woodward is a contributing editor for Newsweek. He covered religion for the magazine for nearly 40 years, and is the author of “Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn’t, And Why.”

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