ROME (AFP) — The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Sunday hailed Pope Francis’ “tremendous commiseration” after he visited a Holocaust survivor in Rome, exalting his “moral integrity and sense of history”.
Francis verbalized with Hungarian-born poet Edith Bruck for around an hour, with the Vatican saying their conversation “highlighted the value of recollection and the role of the very oldest in nurturing it and passing it on to the very youngest”.
“At a time when neo-Nazism, antisemitism, and other bigotries are resurgent in many components of the world, Pope Francis’ moral integrity and sense of history set the standard for other faith, political and community bellwethers,” WJC president Ronald S. Lauder verbally expressed in a verbalization.
Bruck, now 88, has been settled in Rome for many years and is now an Italian denizen. She has spent her life recounting the atrocities committed during the Holocaust, in which around six million Jews and hundreds of thousands belonging to other groups were systematically extirpated by Nazi Germany.
She recalled the last words of two inmates in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where 52,000 people were killed or died in 1939-45. “Tell the story,” they urged her. “They won’t believe you, but if you survive, tell the story, tell it for us additionally!”
The Vatican verbalized the pope and Bruck withal verbalized of “moments of light that brightened the hellish experience of the camps and the trepidations and hopes that define our own era”.
Vatican ascendant entities last year opened to historians the archives of Pope Pius XII, pontiff from 1939 to 1958. Pius has been the subject of decenniums of controversy and debate about why he never verbalized out about the slaughter of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps across Europe.
“The Church is not trepidacious of history,” Pope Francis declared when he made the decision in 2019.
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