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November 11, 2013 6:31 pm

Pope Francis on Kristallnacht: Jews are ‘Big Brothers’ of Catholics

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Pope Francis I. Photo: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgPope Francis I called the Jewish people the “big brothers” of Roman Catholics as he marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), the 1938 looting and violence against German Jews and their businesses that is considered the start of the Holocaust atrocities that would follow against European Jews.

“We renew our closeness and solidarity to the Jewish people, our big brothers, and pray to God that the memory of the past and of the sins of the past helps us to be always vigilant against every form of hate and intolerance,” Francis told worshippers outside of St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday mass, according to the European Jewish Press.

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