On Sunday, Pope Benedict visited Rome's synagogue in an effort to reverse the deterioration of Catholic/Jewish relations that has taken place during his tenure. He used the occasion to defend the silence of his World War II predecessor, Pius XII, in the face of the Holocaust. He repeated his assertion that under Pius the Vatican had "provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way." The Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, stated: "The silence of God about the evils of the world, or our inability to hear his voice, is an inscrutable mystery. But the silence of man is a different matter. It confronts us, it challenges us, and it does not escape judgment." Pope Benedict is currently engaged in a vigorous campaign to have Pius XII declared a saint. Read the full article.