Pope Francis made a historic visit Friday at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi concentration camp, where he prayed in silence for the more than 1 million people who died in the Second World War.
President Hebrew World Congress praised the Pope's visit.
Pope Francis was alone and silently walked on earth former Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
Also, Pope Francis was met with survivors in years of labor camp, kissing her cheeks and telling them good-natured. Suvernul Pontiff was in the third day of an official visit to Poland, marking the 1050 anniversary of the Christianization of Poles. The visit will last five days.
Francis became the third sovereign pontiff to set foot outside the main gates of Auschwitz, under the description infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" ( "Work makes you free").
But unlike his predecessors Germans and Poles, he did not talk about the horrors that occurred there.
The pontiff stopped to pray in underground cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Auschwitz, a Polish Catholic monk who was canonized after he sacrificed a life to save a neighbor. Pope Francis knelt underground cell where no light penetrated less than the A window small, AP quoted by BBC.
Congress President Ronald S. Lauder Hebrew World welcomes Pope's visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, stating that "it is a strong signal" against hatred. Also, Ronald S. Lauder appoints sovereign Catholic Church "one of the most important allies in the fight against anti-Semitism and religious fanaticism." Reports worldjewishcongress.org.
President Hebrew World Congress issued a statement Friday on earth even former concentration camp of the Nazis: "We welcome the papal visit. Although there are no tombstones, Hebrew is the largest cemetery in the world."
"It's one of the scariest places on the planet and understand why Pope Francis chose not to utter a speech during the visit, but chose to perform a job suite with 1,000 survivors and representatives around the world, in order to commemorate the 1.1 million men, women and children who were murdered in Auschwitz, "said Ronald S. Lauder.
Hebrew World Congress President reminded those present that Auschwitz is the nodal place that recalls "the consequences of evil is allowed to propagate in the world."
"Pope Francis is a friend of the chief of the Hebrew people, is a man who has love for other people. Never in 2,000 years relations between Catholics and Hebrew were not closer." Ronald S. Lauder has said.
Referring to the death of the priest French Jacques Hamel in the terrorist attack and other bombings that occurred in the world, Lauder said: "This brutal attack in a church against a priest in age, was a shock to worldwide. in a divided world of evil, terror and chaos, we must be united. we must defend one another and take care of each other, be they religious communities or countries. terrorism, fanaticism and intolerance will not be eradicated if we do not unite to fight against these phenomena. "
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