Papal contemplation

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P ope Francis walks through the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, on July 29, 2016. He visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 1.1 million people were killed during the Second World War, on the third day of a visit marking 1,050 years since Poland adopted Christianity, becoming the third Pope to walk through the camp’s main gate, under its infamous inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free). Pope Francis walked alone and in silence through the concentration camp, also meeting elderly survivors of its tyranny, kissing them on the cheek and offering soft words of consolation. His only public words were written in the Auschwitz guest book: “Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty.”
Henry Goodwin
04 August 2016 - last edited 04 August 2016