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the Roman Catholic Church says it will release its secret archive from World War two and the pope of the time Pius the twelfth %HESITATION some Jewish groups have long alleged turned a blind eye to the Holocaust pope Francis made the announcement stating quote the church is not afraid of history and that prices legacy had been treated with prejudice and exaggeration , the Vatican was neutral during the war ends pious has been criticized for not speaking out forcefully against **** Germany plastic felt the church holds up pious seen here works behind the scenes to save Jews the neutrality for example made it easier for church officials to support some secret rescue missions they say sentiment rather can also maintains that Pius was trying not to worsen the situation for everyone including Catholics who lived in **** occupied areas , one of the world's most influential Jewish groups the American Jewish committee is welcoming the release of the archives it told Reuters the troops should be evaluated objectively to acknowledge both the failures as well as the valiant efforts , the decision to release the archives comes as the church struggles with other headlines over its global abuse crisis