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Pope Francis speaks of Holocaust ‘shame’ in meeting with Slovakian Jews

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Pope Francis on Monday voiced “shame” over the massacre of tens of thousands of Slovak Jews in the Holocaust, condemning World War II’s “frenzy of hatred” and lingering antisemitism.

The 84-year-old pontiff, who is on his first foreign trip since a colon operation in July, was speaking in a former Jewish neighborhood of the Slovak capital Bratislava.

“Here, in this place, the Name of God was dishonored,” the pope said, speaking in front of a Holocaust memorial on Rybne Square, where a synagogue was torn down during Communist times.

“Here, reflecting on the history of the Jewish people marked by this tragic affront to the most high, we admit with shame how often his ineffable name has been used for unspeakable acts of inhumanity,” the pope said.

“Let us unite in condemning all violence and every form of antisemitism,” he added.

He went into the event having called on Sunday for Christians and Jews to work together to stop the rise of antisemitism in Europe, saying it is a “fuse which must not be allowed to burn.”

Slovakia declared its independence from Czechoslovakia on March 14, 1939, and became a Nazi puppet state with politician and Roman Catholic priest Jozef Tiso becoming the country’s president.

Under his rule, the country........

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