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Never Again, Pope Says of Holocaust

'Indifference is inadmissible,' Francis tells crowd
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2020 10:45 AM CST
Pope Francis approaches his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square to deliver the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – Monday, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Speaking to the crowd in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis made a request, Reuters reports. "Indifference is inadmissible before this enormous tragedy, this atrocity, and memory is a duty," he said. "Tomorrow, we are all invited to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection, each one of us saying in our own heart: 'never again, never again.'" Most of the more than 1 million people killed at the Auschwitz camp during World War II were Jewish. Francis made a pilgrimage to the site to honor them in 2016.

There's evidence that public awareness of the Holocaust is fading. A Pew Research Center survey released last week found that most American adults have a general idea of what the Holocaust was and when. But fewer than half know that 6 million Jews were killed, or that Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany through its democratic political process. An opinion piece in USA Today argues that the prevalence of Holocaust denial on social media is one of the causes and argues for Facebook, especially, to ban it. (Read more Pope Francis stories.)

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