Pope Emails Jewish Leader About Holocaust

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Vatican officials have confirmed that Pope Francis recently emailed an American Jewish leader to respond to a sermon he delivered about believing in God after the Holocaust, The Washington Postreports.

Menachem Rosensaft, the son of two Holocaust survivors and a professor specializing in the law of genocide and war crimes trials, emailed his sermon and a personal note to the Vatican expressing his belief that God’s presence gave his parents strength during the Holocaust.

“When you, with humility, are telling us where God was in that moment, I felt within me that you had transcended all possible explanations,” Francis wrote in his email to Rosensaft.

The communication is significant, the Post notes, because of the Catholic Church’s legacy related to the Holocaust – specifically, its inaction while the Nazis killed 6 million Jews and targeted 5 million others.

[The Washington Post]

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