Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII

Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII

Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII

Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII

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It is in the American tradition of open diplomacy that the world should be given the texts of the messages exchanged between my lamented predecessor and His Holiness the Pope. This correspondence began in the dark days of December 1939, when President Roosevelt, animated by the desire to work for peace and the alleviation of human suffering more effectively through parallel efforts by those in government and those in religion, sent Honorable Myron C. Taylor on a Special Mission as his Personal Representative to His Holiness.

Mr. Taylor arrived in Italy for his first visit in the dangerous and uncertain days of 1940, days which were the forerunner of even more tragic sorrows to come as the war widened and suffering overspread the world. Thereafter he has gone to Rome from time to time as circumstances warranted.

The objectives and accomplishments of these great endeavors, alike in the field of humanitarian activity and in seeking an enduring peace, are reflected in the messages exchanged between the late President and His Holiness, the texts of which are now given publication.

These messages, written during a momentous period of history, constitute a record of incalculable value. That record belongs to all who sought through victory, and continue to seek, the blessings of universal peace and security and well- being. It will be read with interest and appreciation by our contemporaries and will have a permanent place in the history of the greatest war in the annals of mankind.

THE WHITE HOUSE October 1, 1946 HARRY S. TRUMAN

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