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

Pope Benedict XVI met today at the Sala del Concistoro in the Vatican the members of the "Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations". The Pope recalled his visit to "their communities in Washington and New York", "experiences of fraternal esteem and sincere friendship", and his visit to the Synagogue in Cologne in 2005. Benedict XVI then recalled his visit to the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 2006. "What words can adequately convey that profoundly moving experience? As I walked through the entrance to that place of horror, the scene of such untold suffering, I meditated on the countless number of prisoners, so many of them Jews, who had trodden that same path into captivity. Those children of Abraham, grief-stricken and degraded, had little to sustain them beyond their faith in the God of their fathers, a faith that we Christians share with you, our brothers and sisters. How can we begin to grasp the enormity of what took place in those infamous prisons? The entire human race feels deep shame at the savage brutality shown to your people at that time". (continued)

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