Pope John Paul II, marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, cried out Sunday for history never to repeat such a horror.
“Never again anti-Semitism! Never again the arrogance of nationalism! Never again genocides!” he appealed before thousands of faithful during his regular appearance from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
With so much violence marking our times, “God does not want that tomorrow we will have to cry over other Auschwitzes in these years,” the pope said.
John Paul called the death camp in his homeland, Poland, “one of history’s darkest and most tragic hours” and described the Holocaust as “darkening of reason, conscience and the heart.”