Socialist Party Initiative Aims to Change The Name of Pius XII Street in Sevilla

Country: Spain

Date of incident: April 25, 2008

The City Hall of Sevilla, run by the PSOE socialist party, has announced its intention to change the names of some streets associated with Franco and his regime. The proposal is a consequence of the Historical Memory Law that allows the removal of names and signs related to Franco's times. One of them is now considered to be Pope Pius XII and a street named after him. In the PSOE words, the Pope is a "francoist character", well-known as the "Nazi Pope".

Pope Pius XII has been recognized for saving between 700,000 to possibly 860,000 Jews; and for his tireless support to the reconstruction of Europe after the war. He advocated for peace, reconciliation, and the unification of the European continent.