Wednesday, January 28, 2009

East Meets West continued

Pope Benedict's address 1.28.09:

While I renew with affection the expression of my full and unquestionable solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters, receivers of the First Covenant, I hope that the memory of the Shoah leads mankind to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man.

May the Shoah be for all a warning against forgetfulness, against denial or reductionism, because the violence against a single human being is violence against all. No man is an island, a famous poet wrote. The Shoah particularly teaches, both old and the new generations, that only the path of listening and dialogue, of love and of forgiveness lead peoples, cultures, and religions of the world to the hoped-for goal of fraternity and peace in truth. May violence never again crush the dignity of man!


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