Pope Francis may open Vatican’s controversial WWII archive

Pope Francis. Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A close friend of Pope Francis believes that the pontiff will open up the Vatican’s sealed archives from World War II.

The archive, which details the church’s activities during the war, has been a point of controversy for several decades. Many Jews accuse the Vatican and former wartime Pope Pius XII of staying silent during the Holocaust.

Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who is a close friend of Pope Francis and co-authored the 2010 book “On Heaven and Earth” with the pontiff, said he believes the pontiff will keep his word and eventually open the archives. 

“The Pope is consistent with all he said as a cardinal, and as pope he will undoubtedly make happen what he said he would as cardinal. What we said to each other was between us, but I believe that, yes, he will open the archives,” Skorka told the Sunday Times. 

In his 2010 book, Pope Francis, who was then known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, wrote that the Vatican “should open them [the WWII archives] and clarify everything.” 

Posted on January 21, 2014 .