Rome's chief rabbi says that only God can judge Pius XII on Jews

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This view was articulated before the Pope's planned visit to the city's temple for the first time on Sunday.

Only God can judge whether war time Pope Pius XII did enough to save Jews and whether he should have spoken out more forcefully against the Holocaust, according to the rabbi who will host Pope Benedict first visit to Rome's synagogue.

Rabbi Riccardo di Segni also said he hoped the event would help combat hostility towards the Jewish world and intolerance of any religion.

Benedict's visit to the synagogue has been overshadowed by his decision last month to move Pius closer towards sainthood.

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