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  • Papal Silence: The Most Decisive Factor in Ireland's Same-Sex "Marriage" Victory

    06/02/2015 11:07:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 146 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/27/15 | Robert Mauro
    The most decisive factor in Ireland's support for "gay marriage'" was the failure of Pope Francis to publicly oppose " gay marriage " prior to the vote. The Pope speaks almost every day on trivial subjects such as his not watching television but when the date the of Irish referendum was first set, and up to the actual days before the election he should have publicly opposed "gay marriage" in Ireland. The recent post-election comments of Vatican Secretary of State that the Pope was " saddened" by the Irish vote mean nothing. The Pope could have prevented the passage of...
  • Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

    03/03/2015 8:41:16 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | March 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, March 3 (Reuters) - A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media. "Shades of Truth" is the account of a fictional present-day American journalist who starts off as a critic of Pius and changes his mind after research in Israel, Rome and elsewhere in Europe. [SNIP] After a screening on Monday near the Vatican, the film, which calls Pius "the most misunderstood person of the 20th century", was universally panned. The...
  • In Defense of Pius XII

    02/12/2015 6:19:47 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies ^ | February 11, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    The guy whose behavior during the Nazi occupation converted the chief rabbi of Rome to Catholicism was working with the Nazis? The guy who was supposedly so silent and passive, at best, did enough that EWTN found a dozen paged of quotes from contemporary Jewish sources that were favorable to his behavior? A Pope who is defended from such accusations by a Jewish historian (formerly of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America) who not only debunks the claims, but describes Pius XII as the greatest friend to Jews of the 20th century? The man who, at his death, got this...
  • Dachau: ‘The Largest Cemetery of Catholic Priests in the World’

    02/03/2015 7:14:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    2,579 Catholic priests, seminarians, and religious were deported from across Europe to the Dachau concentration camp, according to a newly published French book. 1,034 of them, 868 of whom were Polish, died there. According to Guillaume Zeller’s La Baraque des prętres, Dachau, 1938-1945, the priests included German priests who spoke out against euthanasia, Polish priests who were considered part of Poland’s elite, French priests who resisted the Nazis, and a French bishop who aided the Jews. “The Dachau camp remains the largest cemetery of Catholic priests in the world,” said Zeller in an interview with Le Figaro. They “maintained their...
  • Pope Pius XII - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. with Sr. Margherita Marchione

    01/12/2015 11:56:11 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | 6 October 2010 | Sr. Marcherita Marchione
    EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. - Sr. Margherita Marchione - Pope Pius XII
  • A Catholic philosopher's spellbinding fight against Hitler

    11/03/2014 1:47:02 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | November 3, 2014 | Kate Veik
    New York City, N.Y., Nov 2, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dietrich von Hildebrand first earned the hatred of the Nazi party in 1921. At a political convention in Paris, the Catholic philosopher declared Germany's 1914 invasion of neutral Belgium an “atrocious crime.” The divisive statement marked the first step in von Hildebrand's years-long battle against Nazism; a battle that inspired one German diplomat in 1937 to dub von Hildebrand “the greatest obstacle to National Socialism in Austria,” where von Hildebrand had launched a political journal. “There was something probably unintentionally profound and apt in that statement by...

    11/03/2014 9:17:24 AM PST · by redgolum · 9 replies
    First Things ^ | 11-3-14 | R. R. Reno
    Fr. Timothy Lannon, President of Creighton University, my former employer, has announced that starting in 2015 the school will provide benefits to legally married same-sex spouses. Most Jesuit universities already do so, as will Notre Dame, which recently announced its new policy that also will take effect in 2015. These are unforced capitulations. They don’t involve legal coercion. In Creighton’s case, the action was taken over the objection George Lucas, archbishop of Omaha. Which is why I read them as the beginning of what will be a fairly widespread capitulation on gay marriage and homosexuality by leaders of Catholic universities...
  • World War I and the Papacy

    08/02/2014 2:58:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 2, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    One hundred years ago this week, Christian Europe commenced the horrific Great War that spread globally, raged from August 1914 to November 1918, and was responsible for the death of more than 15-million soldiers and civilians.In The World Crisis, Winston Churchill’s six-volume account of the struggle, he observed that the warriors employed “Every outrage against humanity or international law.” And when it was over, “torture and cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian states had been able to deny themselves: they were of doubtful utility.”The conflict’s catalyst? On June 28, 1914, the Roman Catholic heir to...
  • Reza Aslan claims anti-fascist Pope Pius XI was a fascist

    06/19/2014 11:23:25 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Nowadays if you parrot the accepted establishment opinions, you can rise far and fast, and be hailed as a “respected scholar” even if you’re, well, dimwitted and arrogant. In particular, if you oppose America’s defense against the global jihad, hate Israel, love those who wish to destroy both the U.S. and Israel, and profess to debunk orthodox Christianity, you can become the next media star: hence Reza Aslan. Why does it matter how vacuous Reza Aslan really is? Because he is a quintessential example of how those whom the mainstream media elevates as authorities are generally of the Emperor’s-New-Clothes variety,...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Pius XII’s Cause for Beatification has Stalled’

    05/27/2014 7:14:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Cause of Pius XII for beatification has stalled, Pope Francis told reporters during an in-flight press conference on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, according to reports. Francis was asked whether he might declare Pope Pius XII, the wartime pontiff who some claim did not do enough to oppose Nazi atrocities against Jews, a Blessed. “The Cause is open, I looked into it and no miracle has been found yet,” he said, according to Vatican Insider. “So the process has stalled. We have to respect the reality of this Cause. But there’s no miracle and at least...
  • Vatican defends Benedict from Israeli criticism

    05/12/2009 6:45:10 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 104 replies · 2,090+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/12/2009 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM – The Vatican defended the pope Tuesday from a growing chorus of Israeli critics who accused the German-born Benedict XVI of failing to express enough remorse for the Holocaust — a controversy that threatened to eclipse a papal pilgrimage aimed at building bridges between faiths. The pope delivered messages of peace while visiting the holiest Muslim and Jewish sites in Jerusalem — the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. But his speech on Monday at Israel's national Holocaust memorial attracted the most attention in Israel, with the parliament speaker accusing Benedict of glossing over the Nazi genocide...
  • Popes vs. Jews

    12/03/2013 9:21:24 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11/29/'13 | Bruce Bawer
    J’accuse, of course, is the title of the most famous open letter ever published, in which Emile Zola, the most celebrated French author of his time, charged the French government, in January 1898, with illegally sentencing Captain Alfred Dreyfus to life in prison. Dreyfus, who was Jewish, had been charged with spying and convicted of treason, and Zola charged that Dreyfus had been framed precisely because he was Jewish. The Italian writer Giulio Meotti’s decision to give his new book the title The Vatican against Israel: J’accuse is no coincidence. His topic, like Zola’s, is institutional anti-Semitism – the institutions,...
  • [Book review] Catholicism & the Roots of Nazism - Restating the obvious

    10/29/2013 7:37:18 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 75 replies
    The Maui News ^ | October 28, 2013 | Harry Eagar
    CATHOLICISM & THE ROOTS OF NAZISM: Religious Identity & National Socialism, by Derek Hastings. 290 pages, illustrated. Oxford Although numerous Catholic apologists have been concerned to deny it, it goes without saying that a mass political party organized in 85% Catholic Bavaria must have been, in some sense, compatible with Roman Catholicism. And so it was. In “Catholicism & the Roots of Nazism,” Derek Hastings shows precisely how this worked and, following the failed putsch of 1923, how Nazism left Catholicism behind. Bavarian Catholics before 1914 were deeply divided between “politicals,” allied to the Center Party and the Vatican; and...
  • Word for Word/The Case Against the Nazis; How Hitler's Forces Planned To Destroy German Christianity

    08/27/2013 3:34:47 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 8/26/2013 | JOE SHARKEY
    In the 1920's, as they battled for power, the Nazis realized that the churches in overwhelmingly Christian Germany needed to be neutralized before they would get anywhere. Two-thirds of German Christians were Protestants, belonging to one of 28 regional factions of the German Evangelical Church. Most of the rest were Roman Catholics. On one level, the Nazis saw an advantage. In tumultuous post-World War I Germany, the Christian churches ''had long been associated with conservative ways of thought, which meant that they tended to agree with the National Socialists in their authoritarianism, their attacks on Socialism and Communism, and in...
  • Without Religious Morals and Values, Abortion on Demand Would Flourish

    08/27/2013 4:15:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | Murray Vasser
    Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) – In The Coming of the Third Reich, hailed by the Atlantic Monthly as “the definitive English-language account,” Cambridge historian Richard Evans outlines the various philosophies which undergirded the Nazi regime. Among many others, he points to thinkers such as Ernst Haeckel, who openly advocated killing the mentally ill, and Alfred Ploetz, who believed a panel of doctors should attend every birth to determine if the baby was fit to live. As Evans proceeds to explain, Such a technocratically rationalistic approach to population management presupposed an entirely secular, instrumental approach to morality. Christian precepts such as the...
  • Jews Tell Pope of Concern Over Moves to Make Pius XII a Saint

    06/25/2013 7:12:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/24/13 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust. Francis made no mention of his wartime predecessor during his talks with members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), but the pontiff repeated the Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of anti-Semitism. "The Jewish community continues to be concerned about efforts to canonize Pope Pius XII while innumerable documents pertaining to the history of the Church and the Jewish people...
  • Under the Roman Sky (film details heroic efforts of Pius XII to save Jews of Rome from the Nazis)

    06/15/2013 4:03:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | Donald R. McClarey
    A new film, Under the Roman Sky, starring James Cromwell as Pius XII, details the heroic efforts of Pius XII to save the Jews of Rome from the Nazis, after Rome came under Nazi occupation subsequent to the fall of Mussolini following the Allied invasion of southern Italy in 1943.Rabbi David G. Dalin, in his review of a Moral Reckoning, a tome by Daniel Goldhagen which sought to blame Catholicism for the Holocaust, details the efforts of the Pope to save the Jews of Rome:Goldhagen’s centerpiece is the outrageous allegation that Pius XII “did not lift a finger to forfend...
  • The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany: an exhaustive survey of John Toland's biography of Hitler

    05/14/2009 1:24:52 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 39 replies · 1,200+ views
    Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography | 1992 | John Toland
    Preface: The below quotes are reproduced from John Toland's Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, New York: Anchor Publishing, 1992. ISBN 0-385-42053-6. I have endeavored to reproduce every instance where Toland speaks of Catholics, the Catholic Church, the Vatican, Pope Pius XI, and Pope Pius XII in the context of Hitler and Hitler's Germany. I've done this in hopes of providing a historical perspective on the interactions the Catholic Church had with Nazi Germany and Hitler, at least from the POV of author John Toland's work. I've provided the year the citation occurs in, the page number, and enough of the...
  • “700 Club” Errs on Catholic Church and Hitler

    04/23/2013 9:37:23 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 469 replies ^ | April 23, 2013 | Bill Donohue
    In a segment titled “God and Hitler,” Gordon Robertson (son of Rev. Pat Robertson), hosted a discussion on the Catholic Church’s response to Hitler. Several errors of fact were made. 1) It is wrong to paint Hitler as a Catholic. Though he was baptized, he excommunicated himself, latae sententiae, when he sought, in his words, to “crush [the Catholic Church] like a toad.” He made good on his pledge by persecuting 8,000 priests, over 500 of whom were killed in concentration camps. He also sought to assassinate the pope. 2) The 1933 Nazi-Vatican Concordat was not a show of solidarity....
  • [Pope] Francis 'Will Open Files on Hitler's Pope', Says Friend

    04/19/2013 9:17:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/19/13 | By John Bingham
    Decades of doubt over the role played by "Hitler's Pope" under the Fascist regimes in Italy and Germany during the 1930s and 1940s may be answered if Pope Francis, as a close friend has suggested, opens the Vatican archives. Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who has known the Argentine former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio for 20 years, said he had discussed the role of Pius XII – the man long dubbed as "Hitler's Pope" – at length with the new pontiff. The Rabbi, who recently co-authored On Heaven and Earth, a book of interviews with his friend, said he had made clear...
  • Catholics and the Nazi vote 1932

    12/19/2010 4:37:25 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 136 replies
    The hermeneutic of continuity ^ | July 29, 2007 | Fr Tim Finigan
    Sunday, July 29, 2007 Catholics and the Nazi vote 1932 Two interesting maps of Germany. On the first, the black areas are those with the highest concentration of Catholics according to the 1934 census: On the second map, the black areas show the highest concentration of Nazi votes in the 1932 election (white the lowest) Well fancy that! The post Catholic Church Conservation:Catholics fiercest anti-nazis in pre-war Germany has larger versions of the maps if you want to see more detail.
  • Stock rises for 'Hitler's pope'

    02/15/2013 6:56:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Conway
    Pope Benedict’s decision to resign has re-ignited media debate about his degree of complicity in the cover-up of child abuse by Catholic priests. That debate echoes an earlier controversy over the complicity in evil on a much vaster scale of a predecessor of Benedict. Pius XII was pope during the Nazi period, and has been condemned for not using his office more vocally to denounce the persecution of Jews. Ironically, it was Pope Benedict who stoked the debate about Pius in 2009 after calling for him to be granted venerable status, first stage on the road to sainthood. What Benedict’s...
  • The Latest From the “Pius Wars” Front

    02/01/2013 8:50:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/31/13 | Michael Coren
    The new book, Soldier of Christ, published by Harvard University Press, is a definitive biography of Pope Pius XII.There’s a running joke in Canada about our charming sense of delicate hubris. A Toronto newspaper headline wryly proclaims: “Man Lands on Moon. Boots made in Montreal!” In other words, we’re only 30 million strong and we’re invariably mistaken for quiet Americans, and so when we do achieve something remarkable, even of a minimal variety, we like people to know. Which is why the world needs to know that what will now be the standard life of Pope Pius XII—the definitive biography...
  • Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator

    09/10/2012 5:51:41 PM PDT · by AstralisLux · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | 9/10/12 | Martin Barillas
    Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator. Documents continue to trickle out from a number of sources, including the Vatican, that may begin to restore the image of the wartime pope who at the time was heralded as a champion of the rights of Europe’s minorities, including the Jewish community...
  • Hitler's Pope? (Book review of The Myth of Hitler's Pope)

    08/18/2006 6:56:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 61 replies · 985+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 18, 2006 | Sir Martin Gilbert
    AS A HISTORIAN OF THE HOLOCAUST, I frequently receive requests from Jewish educators, seeking support for grant applications for their Holocaust programs. Almost all these applications include a sentence about how the new program will inform students that the Pope, and the Vatican, "did nothing" during the Holocaust to help Jews. The most recent such portrayal reached me while I was writing this review. It is part of a proposal to a major Jewish philanthropic organization, and contains the sentence: "Also discusses the role of the Vatican and the rabidly anti-Semitic Pope Pius XII, who were privy to information regarding...
  • Holocaust museum praised for corrections to Pius XII exhibit

    07/06/2012 1:07:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | July 5, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Pope Pius XII. Jerusalem, Israel, Jul 5, 2012 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made changes to a controversial exhibit on Pope Pius XII, presenting a more balanced view of his actions toward the Nazis and their Jewish victims. Pave the Way Foundation President Gary Krupp, a prominent Jewish defender of Pope Pius XII, said his inter-religious group was “very pleased” with Yad Vashem's change of position, which “should show the world that it is truly an institution based on facts and truth.” “The black legend against Pope Pius XII is being bleached white...
  • At 88, nun keeps pushing for controversial pope's sainthood

    01/26/2010 2:52:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies · 532+ views
    The Oklahoman ^ | 1/25/2010 | Jeff Diamant
    Nearly 20 portraits of Pope Pius XII line the walls of Sister Margherita Marchione's office, and dozens of smaller likenesses fill shelves. There are also a pair of his shoes, his white zucchetto (or skullcap), and a gold reliquary containing two handkerchiefs and a strand of his hair. It is a veritable shrine built by Sister Margherita, 88, who became a vocal proponent of sainthood for Pius after learning in 1995 that her order in Rome, the Religious Teachers Filippini, had saved 114 Jews from the Nazis at the time Pius was pope. Hers is a controversial cause. The extent...
  • Into the Temple (full text of Pope Benedict XVI's presentation)

    01/17/2010 3:04:10 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 325+ views
    WITL ^ | Januay 17, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    The beginning of the Vatican release was notable: "This afternoon, 17 January 2010 -- 2 Shevat 5770, Pope Benedict XVI will make a visit to the Jewish Community of Rome." Greeted by Chief Rabbi Riccardo de Segni, the pontiff arrived at the city's Grand Synagogue just before 5pm local time (11am Eastern), and an hour later, is just completing his address, the fulltext of which will post as soon as it emerges. In the meanwhile, Reuters' Phil Pulella reports from on-site that it didn't take long for the moment's prime flashpoint of Catholic-Jewish relations to come to the fore:...
  • Vatican fumes at Israeli minister's remarks on Nazi-era pope

    10/24/2008 7:21:46 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 56 replies · 715+ views ^ | 24/10/2008 | Adi Schwartz
    Vatican fumes at Israeli minister's remarks on Nazi-era pope By Adi Schwartz, Haaretz Correspondent and Staff Vatican officials are furious over Minister Isaac Herzog's statement in Thursday's Haaretz that the planned beatification of Pope Pius XII, who headed the Catholic Church during the Holocaust, is "unacceptable." Cardinal Andrea Lanza di Montezemolo told the Italian paper Corriere della Serra yesterday that "Israel's interference in the matter of Pius XII must stop. We've had it with this interference. Outside opinions are liable to disrupt [the process], and they look like an attempt to force Pope Benedict XVI to make a decision. The...
  • Vatican condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon

    07/15/2006 6:34:34 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 222 replies · 3,128+ views
    reuters ^ | 7/15/06 | reuters
    VATICAN CITY, July 14 (Reuters) - The Vatican on Friday strongly deplored Israel's strikes on Lebanon, saying they were "an attack" on a sovereign and free nation. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano said Pope Benedict and his aides were very worried that the developments in the Middle East risked degenerating into "a conflict with international repercussions."
  • Vatican Condemns Israel for Attacks on Lebanon

    07/14/2006 7:51:25 AM PDT · by dinoparty · 563 replies · 8,223+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2006
    Vatican condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Friday strongly deplored Israel's strikes on Lebanon, saying they were "an attack" on a sovereign and free nation. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano said Pope Benedict and his aides were very worried that the developments in the Middle East risked degenerating into "a conflict with international repercussions." "In particular, the Holy See deplores right now the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation, and assures its closeness to these people who already have suffered so much to defend their independence," he told Vatican...
  • OCT. 13, 2005: A DIFFERENT TOPIC (Frum on the BS of the "Hitler's Pope" claim.)

    10/16/2005 10:26:03 AM PDT · by Rodney King · 32 replies · 622+ views
    National Review Online ^ | today | David Frum
    In keeping with the solemnity of the Yom Kippur holiday, though, I spent my time after services reading David Dalin's new book The Myth of Hitler's Pope. It's a short book but in just a very few pages succeeds (or so it seems to me) in proving that Pope Pius XII has been horribly traduced by his many critics. There are spots where Rabbi Dalin's enthusiasm gets the better of him. I think it is hard to deny that the Vatican willingly cooperated with antidemocratic forces in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. And Dalin's own evidence makes clear that...
  • The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: An Interview with Rabbi David G. Dalin

    07/29/2005 10:34:12 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 68 replies · 1,105+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 07/29/05 | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    Rabbi David G. Dalin received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the author or co-author of several books. His most recent book, and the subject of my interview with him, is The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis.
  • "60 Minutes" and the Vatican Hater

    12/13/2004 2:59:52 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 15 replies · 3,505+ views
    MRC ^ | March 23, 2000 | L. Brent Bozell III
    While so many in the media have found it outrageous that Bill Clinton could be accused of having "blood on his hands" over administration inaction on violence in America, for CBS it is perfectly acceptable -- even worthy of nationwide TV promotion -- to charge a Pope had the blood of six million Holocaust victims on his. On March 19, CBS’s "60 Minutes" promoted the book "Hitler’s Pope," by British journalist John Cornwell. If an author of Cornwell’s disposition were writing about Bill Clinton, CBS would have no trouble dismissing him as a "Clinton hater," as a vicious tool of...
  • Tariq Aziz wins 'unofficial support' from Vatican

    12/11/2004 4:52:45 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 44 replies · 1,038+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12/12/04 | Colin Freeman and Bruce Johnston
    Saddam Hussein's former foreign minister and right-hand man has persuaded sympathisers in the Vatican to arrange free legal advice for his defence against war crimes. Tariq Aziz, a practising Christian who acted as foreign spokesman for the Iraqi dictator, secured the services of Italian lawyers after contacting a group of Roman Catholic priests and bishops. He wrote to his family from jail in Baghdad urging them to contact Father Jean-Marie Benjamin, a Left-wing priest who had previously brokered a controversial meeting between Aziz and the Pope before the war last year. Fr Benjamin, who has said he is acting with...