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March 2, 2011 2:52 pm

Jews Not to Blame for Killing Jesus, Says Pope in New Book

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Pope Benedict XVI arriving for a visit to Washington, DC.

AOL News – In astonishing and personal statements that could turn centuries of anti-Semitism upside down, Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that Jews are not to blame for crucifying and killing Jesus.

In “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week,” coming out next week, Benedict takes issue with key passages in the New Testament that for eons have been interpreted to mean that Jews were culpable for the killing of Jesus and have justified the persecution of Jews worldwide.

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