VATICAN - Sheltered Over 3,000 Jews from Nazis

Arno Froese

Newly uncovered documentation appears to confirm that Catholic convents and monasteries sheltered more than 3,000 Jews from the Holocaust following the Nazi takeover of Rome in 1943.

The research was a joint project of the institute, Rome’s Jewish community and Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, in addition to two Catholic-affiliated universities. It was coordinated by Dominik Markl, a scholar at the institute.

The discovery appears to further complicate the already ambiguous narrative surrounding the Catholic Church and the Holocaust. 

Much of the postwar scholarship, including work drawing on recently unsealed Vatican archives, has argued that Pius XII was indifferent to the fate of the Jews. But some researchers favorable to the church have long maintained that, behind the scenes, it was working to save as many Jews as possible through back channels. 

The Vatican, which last year hosted the director of Yad Vashem for the first time, has been active on other fronts when it comes to Holocaust remembrance. The church will beatify a Polish family murdered by the Nazis in 1944 for sheltering Jews, bringing the family one step closer to sainthood. Italy’s far-right government also announced that it would build a new Holocaust museum in Rome.

-www.jta.org, 7 September 2023

Arno's Commentary

This is a refreshing story to read—the positive side of the Vatican relating to the Jews during the Holocaust.

Needless to say, there were thousands if not tens of thousands of human beings who recognized the horrific tragedy befalling the Jews in Europe, and did the utmost to save lives in danger of oncoming destruction. 

That, however, does not change the facts regarding the powerful rhetoric effectively presented to the public, which had the upper hand. This can also be seen when analyzing the Arab Palestinians sympathizing with Hamas. Some polls indicate that the overwhelming majority of Gaza residents were pro-Hamas. 

The survey, which has a four-point margin of error (rather than the usual three-point), found that almost three-quarters (72%) of all respondents believe Hamas’s decision to launch its attack on Israel on October 7 was “correct.” 

Less than a quarter (22%) said it was “incorrect.” 

-www.cnn.com, 21 December 2023

From numerous other reports, we learn the danger of indoctrination by the authority in charge.

Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 19:15 in Matthew 18:16: “…that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” A warning to believers: Never must we permit ourselves to fall prey to one-sided opinions, whether from the right or the left.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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