Visitors looks at a display showing Pope Pius XII, the pope during World War II who has come under intense criticism for not speaking out strongly against Nazi atrocities, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem Thursday. While many monasteries hid Jews during the war, the Vatican took a largely neutral stance. The conflict has been highlighted by a disputed caption at the Yad Vashem museum under a photo of Pius that reads "even when reports about the murder of Jews reached the Vatican, the pope did not protest," refusing to sign a 1942 Allied condemnation of the massacre of Jews. Pope Benedict XVI will not tour the museum during his upcoming visit to the Holy Land. Yad Vashem officials said this is due to protocol and not the dispute over the caption.
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