What a powerful photo.

Though the Catholic Church couldn’t stop Nazism, it did more than most to shelter those it could from the Nazi’s deprivations. There is much that I don’t agree with in the Catholic Church’s positions on social issues, but I think that Pope Francis has his heart in the right place.

I hope that we never return to the darkness of the mid-20th century, but if we do I hope that this pope or his successors will behave as bravely as Pius XII did in the face of Nazi Germany.

Photo credit: Filippo Monteforte/AP