New documents from the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII

  • New documents from the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII

New documents from the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII

In March 2020, Pope Francis opened millions of documents pertaining to the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII (1939-1958). It will take decades of scrutiny and analysis to ascertain the full significance of these archives estimated to be at least 16 million pages, but some important discoveries have been made and must be shared to the wider public. These documents can be approached from the point of view of a variety of historical and theological questions.

The New Documents from the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII and their Meaning for Jewish-Christian Relations conference will focus on how these archives shed light on historical and theological controversies over Pope Pius XII and the Vatican during the Holocaust, and on Jewish-Christian relations at multiple levels – from ordinary people to authority figures in Jewish and Catholic milieus, institutions and power structures.

In 1965, the Catholic Church issued a renewed teaching, Nostra Aetate, that rejected antisemitism and presented the Jewish people as blessed by God. What can the new documents tell us about the encounters that led up to this watershed moment in Church teaching? This conference will bring together historians and theologians, Christians and Jews, studying together to further both historical knowledge and Jewish-Christian relations.

Visit the Conference website for more information.

Date: from Oct 9, 2023 to Oct 11, 2023
Organizer: Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies
History and Cultural Heritage of the Church
Category: Conference
Room: Aula Magna

Pontificia Università Gregoriana
Piazza della Pilotta, 4
I-00187 Roma

Mandatory registration by Monday, 2 October 2023-12.00 p.m.
The event will be open to the public and accredited media. Lectures in English and Italian. Simultaneous translation available.
The conference will also be live streamed, in both languages, on

Accreditation Procedure for Journalist and Media operator
Journalists and media operators who wish to participate must apply, no less than 48 hours before the event, through the Holy See Press Office online accreditation System available, or at 
For technical information on the event and interviews, please contact: [email protected]

The International Conference is organized by:

  • CDEC – Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea Milano, Italia)
  • Centro “Cardinal Bea” per gli Studi Giudaici – Facoltà di Storia e dei Beni Culturali della Chiesa, Pontificia Università Gregoriana (Roma, Italia)
  • Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington DC, USA)
  • Institute for International Research Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Saint Leo University (Saint Leo, Florida, USA)

The International Conference is sponsored by:

  • UCEI – Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane
  • La Santa Sede, Archivio Apostolico Vaticano
  • La Santa Sede, Dicastero per la Cultura e l’Educazione
  • La Santa Sede, Commissione per i rapporti religiosi con l’Ebraismo del Dicastero per la promozione per l’Unità dei Cristiani
  • U.S. Department of State, Office of the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues
  • U.S. Embassy to the Holy See
  • Israeli Embassy to the Holy See
  • FSCIRE – Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII
  • Resilience,
  • AJC – American Jewish Committee
  • Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia