Pope praises Britain's role in combating Nazis
Pope Benedict XVI praised Britain's role in fighting the Nazis on Thursday, in his first speech on a four-day state visit.
"We can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live," the German-born pope said.
The pope was speaking at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the Scottish royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II, where the monarch had greeted him on his arrival from the airport.
The pope has admitted in various interviews to being an involuntary member of the Hitler Youth movement during World War II.
The 84-year-old queen lived through the conflict and the intense German bombing of London. In a show of solidarity with the people there, she and her family refused to leave the capital despite the threat to their safety.
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