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Time to open the archives

Pope Francis has just visited Auschwitz, the extermination camp set up by the Nazis in southern Poland.

He’s the third Pope to do so.

He’s supposedly the most user-friendly Pope in millennia. He’s called for transparency and honesty in just about every walk of life.

Except one.

The Vatican still refuses to open all its archives relating the the Second World War.

In 1933 the Vatican signed a Concordat with Nazi Germany, a kind of live-and-let-live arrangement.

Its archives may contain key documents relating to the Holocaust.

They would also shed light on the role of the Pope Pius XII during the war.

The documents could answer what business the Vatican did with the Third Reich.

They might also fill in the gaps about postwar Nazi-smuggling networks run from Rome.

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