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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Pope (1939–1958) who maintained neutrality during World War II. He was later severely criticized for not taking forceful measures to aid European Jews.

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  • noun pope who maintained neutrality during World War II and was later criticized for not aiding the Jews who were persecuted by Hitler (1876-1958)

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Examples

  • The only semi-Romano I knew was actually Irish, a sweet, white-haired, elderly Jesuit who ran the observatory attached to the boarding school I had attended in Sydney, and who, from time to time, would travel to Italy to take charge of its sister institution, belonging to the pope Pius XII, aka Eugenio Pacelli and situated at Castelgandolfo, outside the Eternal City.

    The Forever City

  • Yet it writes frequently about Pope Pius XII, the World War II-era pope criticized by Jews for having stayed too silent on the Holocaust.

    At 150 years, pope's newspaper raises eyebrows

  • I do not know what Jewish experts and activists on the matter of Pius XII's actions or inaction during the Holocaust will make of the Archbishop's proposal that we reopen that matter without prior assumptions as the Vatican provides for open, easy access to all relevant documents.

    Arnold M. Eisen: A New Holy Week Agenda

  • I do not know what Jewish experts and activists on the matter of Pius XII's actions or inaction during the Holocaust will make of the Archbishop's proposal that we reopen that matter without prior assumptions as the Vatican provides for open, easy access to all relevant documents.

    Arnold M. Eisen: A New Holy Week Agenda

  • The Catholic Church insists still today on papal infallibility and refuses to acknowledge the sins of modern popes like Pius XII, who remained silent through all the years of the holocaust and never once condemned the wholesale slaughter of Europe's Jews.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: A Perfect Jackie Kennedy Calls Martin Luther King a Phony

  • Yet it writes frequently about Pope Pius XII, the World War II-era pope criticized by Jews for having stayed too silent on the Holocaust.

    At 150 years, pope's newspaper raises eyebrows

  • Within four months he would have Blackie planted in the Holy See and feeding him Vatican gossip on the man in whose private chamber he now sat: Pope Pius XII.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • The Communists booted out the church in the early 1950s after it recognized Taiwan, and Pope Pius XII denounced the government-run Catholic Patriotic Association that the Party set up to oversee the faithful.

    A Cardinal's Warning on China

  • Within four months he would have Blackie planted in the Holy See and feeding him Vatican gossip on the man in whose private chamber he now sat: Pope Pius XII.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • The Catholic Church insists still today on papal infallibility and refuses to acknowledge the sins of modern popes like Pius XII, who remained silent through all the years of the holocaust and never once condemned the wholesale slaughter of Europe's Jews.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: A Perfect Jackie Kennedy Calls Martin Luther King a Phony

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