An attendant opens the section of the Vatican archive dedicated to Pope Pius XII on Feb. 27. The March 2 unsealing of the archives of Pope Pius XII, the controversial World War II-era pontiff whose papacy lasted from 1939 to 1958, has been awaited for decades by Jewish groups and historians.

An attendant opens the section of the Vatican archive dedicated to Pope Pius XII on Feb. 27.  The March 2 unsealing of the archives of Pope Pius XII, the controversial World War II-era pontiff whose papacy lasted from 1939 to 1958, has been awaited for decades by Jewish groups and historians.