A righteous Gentile

In memory of Pope Pius XII, who died 50 years ago this week.

"No Christmas sermon reaches a larger congregation than the message Pope Pius XII addresses to a war-torn world at this season. This Christmas more than ever he is a lonely voice crying out of the silence of a continent, … [assailing] the exile and persecution of human beings for no reason other than race or political opinion."

Editorial, The New York Times, Christmas Day 1942

"We share in the grief of humanity at the passing away of His Holiness, Pope Pius XII. In a generation afflicted by wars and discords he upheld the highest ideals of peace and compassion. When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the Pope was raised for its victims. The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out about great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace."

Golda Meir to the United Nations, October 9, 1958