In this photo taken in Rome on May 31, 2011 sister Margherita Marchione speaks during an interview with the Associated Press. "It annoys me terribly that such an injustice is being done to such a ... more 
In this photo taken in Rome on May 31, 2011 sister Margherita Marchione speaks during an interview with the Associated Press. "It annoys me terribly that such an injustice is being done to such a great man, that he should be treated the way he is," said Sister Margherita Marchione, the 89-year-old American nun of Italian heritage who is Pius' main biographer. Sitting in her order's convent a stone's throw from the Vatican, Marchione said her religious congregation alone, on orders from Pius, sheltered 114 Jewish women at three separate convents during the Nazi occupation. "I'm just tired of the whole thing that people can't go back to the documents that prove it and accept it as historical truth," she said in a recent interview. Marchione flips through one of her nine books on Pius to prove her point: a photo of Jewish women and children sheltered in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo; a photo of a pro-pope rally after Rome was liberated in 1944; a shot of the pope with members of the Israeli Philharmonic who in 1955 performed a concert for Pius in the Vatican in gratitude for having saved Jews. She has been one of the biggest promoters of the beatification of Pius, one of the most controversial popes given that Jews say he failed to speak out enough to stop the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Gregorio Borgia
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