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  • David Kertzer wins Pulitzer for biography detailing Pius XI-Mussolini ties

    April 21, 2015 | 9:16 am

    Historian David Kertzer won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography detailing how Benito Mussolini’s secret relationship with Pope Pius XI influenced the Italian dictator’s persecution of his country’s Jews.

    Kertzer, a professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University,...

  • Vatican rep speaks out for Catholic-Jewish relations

    June 26, 2013 | 5:26 pm

    When dictator Benito Mussolini’s “Laws for the Defense of the Race” robbed many Italian Jews of their rights and livelihoods in 1938, a Catholic nun, Mother Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, risked her own life and those of her staff to provide impoverished Jews with clothes and food.