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Ruins of the monastery at Monte Cassino following the 1944 Allied assault

Ruins of the monastery at Monte Cassino following the 1944 Allied assault

Pope's praise for Polish veterans

17/05/2017 15:50

Pope Francis has paid tribute to Polish military veterans who fought in the 1944 Battle of Montecassino.

 

Pilgrims walk in the former Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, in Oswiecim, Poland, to pay respect and to pray.

Pilgrims walk in the former Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, in Oswiecim, Poland, to pay respect and to pray.

Priest hopes youth who visit Auschwitz will build the future

29/07/2016 10:30

With Pope Francis visiting Auschwitz on Friday, many World Youth Day pilgrims have also been paying a visit to the Nazi concentration camp.

US President Barack Obama (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) walk towards atomic bombing survivors after delivering their speeches

US President Barack Obama (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) walk towards atomic bombing survivors after delivering their speeches and laying wreaths in front of a cenotaph to offer a prayer for victims of the atomic bombing in 1945 at Hiroshima

US President Obama visits Hiroshima 71 years after first atomic bombing

27/05/2016 17:00

US President Barack Obama made history today by becoming the first sitting U.S. leader to visit Hiroshima, delivering an address in which he said nuclear nations have obligations to reduce their arsenals

Mgr Hugh O'Flaherty

A statue of Mgr Hugh O'Flaherty in Ireland recalls his legacy of courage and compassion during World War II

Mgr O'Flaherty's legacy celebrated by modern Irish missionaries

06/05/2016 17:18

The legacy of Irish missionary, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Second World War, was commemorated on Saturday by modern day missionaries working in more contemporary conflict zones

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Vatican Weekend for May 7, 2016

06/05/2016 11:00

(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for May 7, 2016 features a report on the weekly general audience of Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square. This is followed by a couple of programmes relating to the pontificate of Pius XII with clips of archive sound as well as an exclusive tour of the Sistine.

Italian street children in the aftermath of World War II

Italian street children in the aftermath of World War II

When the 'shoeshine' boys sped up the 'Scala Regia'

03/05/2016 16:01

(Vatican Radio) Today we see children escaping from war. Sadly history repeats itself as you can discover by listening to Vatican Radio recordings of Pius XII speaking to some 2.000 orphans of World War II in the Hall of Benedictions of the Apostolic Palace  

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

‘Vatican Weekend’ for August 2, 2015

02/08/2015 16:12

(Vatican Radio) ‘Vatican Weekend’ for August 2, 2015 features a selection of readings and reflections on the Sunday Gospel and a more historical programme which focuses on the humanitarian relief effort of Pope Pius XII at the time of the Second World War.