Oswiecim, Poland – Pope: Human ‘cruelty Did Not End In Auschwitz’

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    Pope Francis writes on the guest book at the end of his visit in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (L'Osservatore Romano /Pool Photo via AP)Oswiecim, Poland – Pope Francis says human “cruelty did not end in Auschwitz” and that similar atrocities are being inflicted in war zones across the world today, citing prisoners who are kept in inhuman conditions and tortured.

    Francis visited the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, expressing his sorrow there in contemplative silence and prayer. Only hours later did he finally speak out about his feelings as he addressed pilgrims from a window of the archbishop’s residence in Krakow.

    He said: “How much pain? How much cruelty? Is it possible that we humans created in God’s image are capable of doing these things? …Cruelty did not end in Auschwitz, in Birkenau.”

    The pope continued: “Many prisoners are tortured just to make them talk. It’s terrible. Today, there are men and women in overcrowded prisons. They live — forgive me — like animals. Today, there is this cruelty. We say, yes, there we saw the cruelty of 70 years ago, how people died being shot or hanged or with gas.

    “Today in many parts of the world where there is war, the same thing is happening.”

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    3 COMMENTS

    1. Any comparisons to other atrocities trivialize the Holocaust and the targeted genocide of the Jewish people. That is not to say that the Pope shouldn’t speak put strongly against atrocities wing committed by various rogue countries. He shouldn’t wait until he gets to Auschwitz to protest. Reminding the world of the horrors of the Holocaust when visiting Auschwitz should only evoke the memories of those who perished then.

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