Photo: The Pope’s visit to Slovakia and meeting with members of the Jewish community was called historic.
“Here, in this place, the name of God was dishonored,” Pope Francis said at a Holocaust memorial in Bratislava. During World War II Slovakia was governed by a Nazi puppet regime headed by Catholic priest Jozef Tiso.
Pope Francis paid tribute on Monday to the thousands of Slovak Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust.
The comments came during the pontiff’s official visit to Slovakia against the backdrop of accusations around the Catholic Church’s role in Holocaust atrocities in Slovakia.
What did the pope say?
Speaking at a former Jewish neighborhood in the capital Bratislava, Pope Francis sharply criticized “the frenzy of hatred” in World War II and continuing anti-Semitism.
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