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Monday, September 10, 2007

Jewish Holocaust Victims Honored By Pope

Pope Benedict XVI decided to weather the rain in order to honor those who had fallen during one of humanities darkest hours.

(Jerusalem Post) Braving pelting rain, the German-born pontiff joined Vienna's chief rabbi, Paul Chaim Eisenberg, in quiet prayer before an austere stone memorial honoring the 65,000 Viennese Jews who perished in Nazi death camps and others burned at the stake in the 1400s after refusing to convert.

Earlier Friday, Benedict told reporters on his flight to Austria that the poignant and highly symbolic stop at Vienna's Judenplatz, or Jewish Square, was intended to show "our sadness, our repentance and our friendship to the Jewish people."

The Vatican has been taking enormous strides to court the Jewish people, with Pope Benedict having previously met with President Peres as well as knighting a Jewish man.

Hopefully Benedict could follow this up by actually visiting Israel, as I am sure many people would welcome his visit to the holy land.

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