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Rome - Pope Francis: ‘Never Forget The Shoah’

Published on: June 13, 2018 03:13 PM
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FILE - Pope Francis (C) walks past the names of former Nazi concentration camps during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 26, 2014. ReutersFILE - Pope Francis (C) walks past the names of former Nazi concentration camps during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 26, 2014. Reuters

Rome - Pope Francis called on his emissaries and followers to never forget the Holocaust.

“The memory of the Shoah and its atrocious violence must never be forgotten. It should be a constant warning for all of us of an obligation to reconciliation, of reciprocal comprehension and love toward our ‘elder brothers,’ the Jews,” the Pope said in a message through the Vatican’s Secretary of State in Berlin to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way.

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The Neocatechumenal Way is one of the Catholic Church’s biggest and controversial missionary movements. The movement, founded in Spain in the 1960s works to teach Catholic adults within their faith and each year sends out families on mission around the globe. Missionaries, which are estimated at up to 1 million, have been accused of cultural insensitivity.

The Neocatechumenal Way celebrated its 40th anniversary June 9-10 in Berlin. Among the events marking the anniversary was a Symphonic-Catechetical celebration titled “The Suffering of the Innocents,” composed by Kiko Argüello, the Way’s co-founder,  and held at the Berlin Philharmonic.

In the symphony, victims of the Shoah are commemorated.

“Rooted in and inspired by the Biblical lamentation, this symphony commemorates the many victims of the Shoah,” read the message the pope sent through the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro-Parolin to Archbishop Heiner Koch, Archbishop of Berlin, which was read out loud at the event.

Pope Francis, the former cardinal of Buenos Aires, in December called the Holocaust a “hell” in a book on Nazi medical experiments “The human arrogance exposed during the Shoah was the action of people who felt like gods, and shows the aberrant dimension in which we can fall if we forget where we came from and where we are going,” the pope wrote.



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 Jun 13, 2018 at 03:45 PM fat36 Says:

It really touches my heart.how about him talking about The unacceptable atrocities that are happening today in the world Syria Iran Iraq etc. etc.

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 03:57 PM lazy-boy Says:

The shoah, the holocaust, was only able to be done by the Nazis since they believed the centuries of lies that the church told the Christians who grew up hating Jews.

The Pope is playing a game of being above it all and a goodie goodie, but the fact is that due to the Church's teaching for centuries, the Christian society hated Jews and this became fertile ground for the Nazis.
If the Church had zero influence and did not spread its venom of antisemitism for many centuries, Nazism could not have taken hold in Europe as it did.

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

too little, too late

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 05:07 PM yossie Says:

all popes are antisemites
not sure why certain jews feel the need to kiss up to him
or sing oirech yamim to him
the church has and allways will be antisemetic
its their job

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 06:27 PM StevenWright Says:

And don't forget the Crusades and the Inquisition either

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 07:26 PM Yisroel Says:

Reply to #2  
lazy-boy Says:

The shoah, the holocaust, was only able to be done by the Nazis since they believed the centuries of lies that the church told the Christians who grew up hating Jews.

The Pope is playing a game of being above it all and a goodie goodie, but the fact is that due to the Church's teaching for centuries, the Christian society hated Jews and this became fertile ground for the Nazis.
If the Church had zero influence and did not spread its venom of antisemitism for many centuries, Nazism could not have taken hold in Europe as it did.

True, however, now, these words may save Jewish lives and should be praised and encouraged.

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 Jun 13, 2018 at 09:45 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Is an apology enough? No. But can we do more than apologize? No.

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