Vatican nuncio to skip Holocaust ceremony due to portrayal of war-time pope
By Judith Sudilovsky

Catholic News Service (
JERUSALEM (CNS) – The Vatican’s nuncio to Israel said he would not attend a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial if a photo caption about Pope Pius XII remained unchanged.

Catholic News Service was unsuccessful in contacting Archbishop Antonio Franco, but The Associated Press reported that the nuncio said in a letter to the memorial that he respected “the memory of the martyrs of the Holocaust but also the memory of the pope.”


“I don’t intend to go to Yad Vashem if things remain the way they do,” AP reported Archbishop Franco as saying. The ceremony was scheduled for April 16.