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The Pontiff said that indifference to this tragedy is unacceptable
Pope Francis on Sunday called on Catholics of the world to pray and reflect on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the prisoners of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz (Auschwitz) and to declare that such atrocities should not be repeated.
The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is celebrated on Monday. The Pope mentioned her during his weekly address and blessing to tens of thousands of believers in St. Peter’s square.
“Indifference to this huge tragedy, this atrocity is unacceptable, and the memory of it is a duty. Tomorrow we are all invited to stop for prayer and reflection, and each of us must say in our hearts: “Never again, never again,” he said..
More than a million prisoners of Auschwitz, mostly Jews, died in the camp during World War II. A total of six million Jews became victims of the Holocaust.
The pontiff’s appeal to his flock took place against the background of increasing anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. A few days ago, Francis called this phenomenon “the revival of barbarism”.
On Friday, anti-Semitic graffiti was found in northern Italy, on the door of the home of the son of a Holocaust survivor..
The inscription Juden Hier (Jews live here) above the Star of David appeared on the door, resembling the sign that was used in Nazi Germany to mark the homes of Jews and their businesses.
In December, dozens of Jewish graves in a cemetery were desecrated in eastern France. This happened hours before lawmakers passed a resolution equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism..
France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, with some 550,000 people, and anti-Semitic attacks have become commonplace. In 2018 alone, there were more than 500 of them. A global study by the US-based Anti-Defamation League concluded that anti-Semitic sentiment was on the rise in many parts of the world, especially in Eastern and Central Europe. The study also found that a significant proportion of the population in Eastern and Western Europe believes that Jews talk too much about the Holocaust..
Prior to his accession to the papal throne, as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis co-authored the book with his friend, Argentine rabbi Abraham Skorca.
In 2016, Pope Francis visited the main synagogue of Rome, located on the territory of the former ghetto.
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