New book examines evidence about Pope Pius XII’s role during the Holocaust, trial of Galileo, and Crusades
SAN FRANCISCO — The secret archives in the Vatican are some of the most guarded documents in the world. A new book, VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES, reveals evidence debunking several unjust stereotypes, urban legends and distortions that have accumulated over the centuries about Catholicism, including documents related to Pope Pius XII’s silence during the Holocaust, the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the trial of Galileo.
The authors are no strangers to investigative journalism. Grzegorz Górny is a reporter, essayist and film and TV producer. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the quarterly Fronda, and from 1994 to 2001 he co-authored a program under the same title that aired on the Polish national television. He has produced various documentary television series and authored numerous articles for European publications. His books include Battle for Madrid (2010). Janusz Rosikon is an acclaimed photographer and a member of the Association of Polish Artistic Photographers. His photographs have been featured in Time, Newsweek, and Reader's Digest. Their books together include Fatima Mysteries, Guadalupe Mysteries, and Trust.
In fact, it is because of their extraordinary work in these previous books that they were allowed access to the world’s most guarded library. The VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES reveals the turbulent history of the archives themselves, familiarizing readers with the real stories behind the most controversial events in the Church’s history, including the Knights Templar trial, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Galileo Galilei trial, and Pope Pius XII's attitude towards the Holocaust.
Pius XII, whose papacy ran from 1939 – 1958, has faced daunting criticism for not publicly speaking out during the Holocaust, and whose critics had named “Hitler’s Pope.” VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES, through extensive review of hundreds of documents in the archives, reveals how Pope Pius XII helped hundreds of thousands of Jews escape certain death — and why he refused to speak publicly against the Nazis.
“The Church is associated with mystery, which often demands clarification,” said Krzysztof Zanussi, Film Director, LIFE FOR LIFE: St. Maximilian Kolbe and OUR GOD'S BROTHER: St. Albert Chmielowski. “One can find many solved puzzles in this book based on the Vatican archives, and also many original insights into cases shrouded in mystery, cases frequently falsified thanks to the ‘black legends’ about the Church over the centuries. Fascinating reading supported by excellent visual documentation."
For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Vivian Dudro, editor of Ignatius Press, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.