BENEDICT XVI: SHOAH, "CRIME AGAINST GOD". VISIT TO THE HOLY LAND ANNOUNCED (3)

"The hatred and contempt for men, women and children that was manifested in the Shoah was a crime against God and against humanity," he declared. "This should be clear to everyone, especially to those standing in the tradition of the Holy Scriptures. It is beyond question that any denial or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable and altogether unacceptable," reaffirmed the Pope, quoting the declarations he made on January 28. "This terrible chapter in our history must never be forgotten. Remembrance — it is rightly said — is memoria futuri, a warning to us for the future, and a summons to strive for reconciliation. To remember is to do everything in our power to prevent any recurrence of such a catastrophe within the human family by building bridges of lasting friendship. It is my fervent prayer that the memory of this appalling crime will strengthen our determination to heal the wounds that for too long have sullied relations between Christians and Jews. It is my heartfelt desire that the friendship we now enjoy will grow ever stronger, so that the Church’s irrevocable commitment to respectful and harmonious relations with the people of the Covenant will bear fruit in abundance," concluded the Pope.

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