Pope John Paul II: In His Own Words

Introduction
On Israel
Cooperation with Israel
The Western Wall
The Right of Jews to a Homeland
On the Holocaust
On Judaism


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On Israel
The Western Wall: The Temple Where God Established His Dwelling

Palm Sunday Address to Youth on the Passover

Pope John Paul used the Palm Sunday celebration, which fell in 1994 on the same weekend as the Jewish Passover, to invite people "to pause spiritually" at the site of "the temple of God's covenant with Jerusalem."

"Only a modest fragment of this remains," he said. "It is called the Wailing Wall because before its stones the children of Israel gather, recalling the greatness of the ancient sanctuary in which God made his dwelling and which rightly was the pride of all Israel."

The wall, he said, "is eloquent for the children of Israel. It is also eloquent for us because we know that in this temple God truly established his dwelling." [Catholic News Service]

March 27, 1994



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