Pope John Paul II: In His Own Words

Introduction
On Israel
On the Holocaust
An Indelible Stain on the 20th Century
The Holocaust: A Warning for Humanity
Indifference to the Holocaust is Impermissible
Calling Attention to the Mass Extermination of Jews
Condemning the 'Planned Barbarism' Against the Jewish People
Deploring Anti-Semitism from any Source
Raising Warning Against Genocide
Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto
Reflections at the Concert at the Vatican Commemorating the Holocaust
On Judaism


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On the Holocaust
An Indelible Stain on the 20th Century

Letter of Pope John Paul II To My Venerable Brother Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy

On numerous occasions during my Pontificate I have recalled with a sense of deep sorrow the sufferings of the Jewish people during the Second World War. The crime which ahs become known as the Shoah remains an indelible stain on the history of the century that is coming to a close.

As we prepare for the beginning of the Third Millennium of Christianity, the Church is aware that the joy of a Jubilee is above all the joy that is based on the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God and neighbour. Therefore she encourages her sons and daughters to purify their hearts, through repentance of past errors and infidelities. She calls them to place themselves humbly before the Lord and examine themselves on the responsibility which they too have for the evils of our time.

March 12, 1998



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