Holocaust is 'indelible shame' of history: Pope

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30 November 2005, VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has spoken of the mass extermination of Jews in Nazi concentration camps as an "indelible shame" of history in an address to the faithful gathered Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.

30 November 2005

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has spoken of the mass extermination of Jews in Nazi concentration camps as an "indelible shame" of history in an address to the faithful gathered Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.

Benedict made the reference to the Holocaust while commenting a passage of the Bible on the destruction of Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews to Babylon, in 586 BC.

In an address to some 23,000 people attending his traditional mid-week General Audience, Benedict said the death of the Jewish people in Nazi concentration camps remained "an indelible shame in the history of humanity".

The German-born pope has made relations between Catholics and Jews one of the priorities of his pontificate, meeting Jewish leaders and visiting the main synagogue of Cologne during his August trip to Germany.

A papal visit to Israel could take place as soon as next year after Benedict signalled he would accept an invitation to the Holy Land made to him by Israeli President Moshe Katsav during talks at the Vatican earlier this month.

DPA

Subject: German news

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