2000: Pope prays for Holocaust forgiveness – BBC Report
Pope John Paul II has prayed for forgiveness of the sins of those involved in the Holocaust.
However, he avoided any admission of Church “guilt” over alleged complicity.
Since arriving in Israel as part of his Millennium Pilgrimage, the Pope has been under growing pressure to apologise for the Vatican’s failure to speak out during the Holocaust.
The 79-year-old placed a prayer into the crevices of the Western (or Wailing) Wall, asking for God’s forgiveness for “the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer”.
“I assure the Jewish people the Catholic Church … is deeply saddened by the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place,” the Pope said.
The pontiff added that there were “no words strong…
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