Pope deplores 'abyss' of the Holocaust

Pope deplores 'abyss' of the Holocaust
Pope Francis stands in between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM - Pope Francis on Monday denounced the “abyss” of the Nazi genocide which claimed the lives of six million Jews as he visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

Speaking at a solemn ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance after meeting survivors, he spoke of “the boundless tragedy of the Holocaust” describing it as an “unfathomable abyss.” Inside the long, dark stone room with an angled roof, Francis spoke at a podium next to giant marble slab on which were engraved the names of 22 of the Nazi camps where millions were exterminated throughout Europe during World War II.

At the ceremony, a choir of school children dressed in yellow and black sang several famous Israeli songs, including a poem written by a young Jewish woman who was killed while on a mission to try and rescue Hungarian Jews due to be deported to the death camp Auschwitz.

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