Shalom Life | June 24, 2015

Pope Francis: World Powers Could Have Done More to Stop the Holocaust

"Tell me, why didn’t they bomb the trains?" asks the pontiff about leaders knowing of the railway routes to concentration camps

By: Maria Cruz

Published: June 22nd, 2015 in News » World

Pope Francis: World Powers Could Have Done More to Stop the Holocaust

Photo: Pope Francis pays his respects at Yad Vashem memorial


Pope Francis spoke out in Turin, Italy this weekend about how the world’s powers did nothing to stop the Holocaust.

Pope Francis has already proved that he isn’t like previous Popes; his liberal stance on topics like homosexuality, the poor, and climate change, have brought forth attention from millions of listeners, church-goers or not. And his list of chosen topics he’s shed light on continues to grow.

In a speech this weekend, Pope Francis discussed the rail lines that led to concentration camps, acknowledging the failure of the Allied nations to aid those suffering in the Holocaust.

“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to concentration campus like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals. Tell me, why didn’t they bomb the trains?” he asked.

He went on to call out England and France for redrawing the maps of Europe after WW1 and inevitably being the catalysts for the collection of problems that would soon arise.

This also isn’t the first time that Pope Francis has been sympathetic to the Jewish people or the State of Israel. He’s already spoken out earlier this year in an email correspondence with Henrique Cymerman to call those who don’t recognize Jews or Israel as being anti-Semitic.

In early May the Vatican also recognized Palestinian statehood in a new treaty.

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