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Pope in Israel attracts criticism of wartime past

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Pope in Israel attracts criticism of wartime past


The Pope’s visit to Israel has been attracting an increasing number of critical comments about his wartime role. Israel’s Parliamentary Speaker berated the Pope over his address at the Holocaust memorial, and said Jews cannot ignore the fact that as a young German he served in Hitler’s army that was an instrument of the extermination.

At the Dome of the Rock – an important site to Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the senior Muslim cleric, the Grand Mufti called on the Pontiff to work to end what he called Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians. What was planned as a trip of inter-faith reconciliation and dialogue has threatened to become more political at every turn. The Pope ended the day with a Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Christ is said to have had the last supper.

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