From Italian news agency ANSA:
Pope ‘won’t visit Shoah museum’
Benedict to skip WWII ‘silence’ pope exhibit
Vatican City, March 6 – Pope Benedict XVI‘s trip to the Holy land in May will not take in Israel’s Holocaust museum where WWII pope Pius XII is accused of silence on the Holocaust, the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See told ANSA Friday.
Speaking after reports that the Pius XII exhibit might be changed ahead of the May 8-15 trip, Ambassador Mordechai Levy said Benedict would attend a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem site but would not visit the museum itself. …
The Vatican has sought for years to persuade Yad Vashem to change or remove the caption which it considers defamatory. Pope John Paul II visited Yad Vashem in 2000 but the Pius caption was not an issue because it only appeared five years later when a new museum was unveiled.
In 2007, the Vatican ambassador to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, refused to attend the annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Yad Vashem because of the caption. …
Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said recently that moves to make Pius a saint were the Vatican’s business.
”The representation of Pius XII as indifferent towards the victims of the Nazis…or even as ‘Hitler’s Pope‘ (the title of a recent book) is outrageous and historically unsustainable,” Bertone told a conference marking the recent 50th anniversary of Pius’s death.
Bertone said the polemics – revived last October when a Jewish minister called plans to put Pius one step from sainthood ”unacceptable” – were ”biased and ever less comprehensible”. …
The International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations met with Benedict in November to ask him to put off Pius’s beatification until after the archives are available for study.
Benedict replied that he was ”seriously considering” it, the Jewish group said.
Vatican sources later stressed the pope was answering a private question and not taking an official stance.
Pius XII: The Hound Of Hitler, by Gerard Noel: book review here.
Pius XII’s silence on the Shoah was not because of apoliticism. The Dutch Roman Catholic daily De Volkskrant reported, during the nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and at a time when communists inside and outside the Soviet Union were fighting Hitler, a speech by the pope denouncing Bolshevism.