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Pope John Paul II laughs while speaking with Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini on board a papal flight in 1991.  (CNS)

As we approach the canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, we remember five important aspects of the saints’ lives

Pope Pius XII makes a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP)

Rabbi Dalin thinks that Pope Pius should be declared Righteous among the Nations: it would only be common justice if he were

Poland Auschwitz

Heroic nuns of the Holocaust

Many nuns risked life to save strangers from the Nazis

Mideast Israel Wartime Pope

A new book re-evaluates Pius XII and the Holocaust

Germany Holocaust

The Shoah is hinted at in inhumanity all around us

Sparks fly at Pius XII debate in London

Majority of the audience failed to be swayed by scholars speaking in favour of the wartime pope

Pope Pius XII pictured in May 1957 (AP)

The debate about Pope Pius XII in London this month will be an education.

An icon of evil seared into the public consciousness AP Photo

Why I’m glad I saw Auschwitz

There are some things that are simply evil in themselves, and never to be justified

The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem (Photo: PA)

Interestingly, its hostility has been encouraged by the ongoing liberal Catholic anti-Vatican campaign

Part of the display about Pope Pius XII at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial (AP photo)

The changes at Yad Vashem show that the black legend against the wartime pontiff is on the way out