740.00116 European War 1939/1088: Telegram

Mr. Harold H. Tittmann, Jr., Assistant to the Personal Representative of President Roosevelt to Pope Pius XII, to the Secretary of State

189. Under date of September 11, 1943, the following note has been received from the Cardinal Secretary of State.

“I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication No. 24 dated August 3 last relative to the asylum which neutral countries might possibly grant to persons termed in your letter ‘war criminals’. After an attentive examination of the document, I have the honor to inform you that in the case of need, the Holy See will conform its decisions in the matter to the principles and the norms of natural and international law as well as to the dictates of Christian charity.”

Foregoing is in reference to my telegram No. 143.19

  1. See telegram No. 4845, August 9, 11 p.m. from the Minister in Switzerland, p. 464.