On the Holocaust
An Indelible Stain on the 20th Century
Letter of Pope John Paul II To My Venerable Brother
Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy
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.
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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