Pope Francis announces the Vatican's historical archives of Pope Pius XII's pontificate (1939–1958) will be accessible to scholars next year, effective 2 March 2020.
The announcement was made during an audience for managers and staff of the Vatican Secret Archives, which took place on the occasion of the 80th ...
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