» 11/09/2008, 00.00
Pope: "I am still pained" over Kristallnacht and the Holocaust
Benedict XVI recalls the Holocaust and Kristallnacht, and calls for the elimination of anti-Semitism and discrimination through education. A new appeal for the situation in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo). For the Day of Thanksgiving, he asks for greater solidarity to overcome hunger. The reflection prior to the Angelus on the dedication of the Lateran basilica, the first Christian church built after the edict of Constantine.
Pope: Pius XII spared no effort, including secret ones, to save Jews
Receiving the Pave the Way Foundation, Benedict XVI affirms that "when one draws close to this noble Pope, free from ideological prejudices", one must recognize the "courageous dedication" of Pope Pacelli to saving as many Jews as possible from the Nazi devastation during the second world war.
Pope: Unacceptable to deny, minimize Holocaust, "a crime against God and against humanity"
Receiving a visit from the heads of the leading American Jewish organizations, Benedict XVI said "I too am preparing to visit Israel." The Church is "profoundly and irrevocably" committed to rejecting anti-Semitism. He repeated the words with which John Paul II asked forgiveness from God for the injustices suffered by the Jewish people.
Pope: dialogue between Catholics and Jews "necessary and possible"
Benedict XVI has received a delegation from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, which has resumed dialogue with the Catholic Church, after the "suspension" due to the Williamson case. On his trip to the Holy Land, the pope will pray that Jews, Christians, and Muslims may live in peace and harmony. The rabbis are asking that the Vatican condemn the Durban 2 statement on racism, as "profoundly anti-Semitic."
The Pope: May mankind reject racial hatred in memory of Auschwitz
Benedict XVI, at the general audience, retraced the steps of his trip to Poland. The motto of the visit, "Remain firm in the faith", should be for Christians a commitment to ensure that mankind will never again have to face horrors like those of the extermination camps, where "Hitler had more than six million Jews exterminated".
Pope: Christian-Jewish dialogue “fruitful”, now it is time to accept and respect differences
In receiving members of the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations, Benedict XVI highlights the need for Christians and Jews to expand their understanding of what they have in common.
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