Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope prays at Nazi massacre site

Catholic World News - March 28, 2011

On March 27, Pope Benedict XVI visited the “Fosse Ardeatine,” a cite on the outskirts of Rome that marks a 1944 Nazi massacre.

The Pope was accompanied by Rabbi Ricardo Di Segni, the head of Rome’s Jewish community, as he laid a bouquet and prayed the Psalms at the spot where 335 people were summarily executed, in a Nazi reprisal for a partisan bombing that had killed 33 Germans. Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, whose father was one of the massacre victims, also participated in the ceremony.

The mass executions were “a grave offense to God,” Pope Benedict said. He went on to say that only God’s mercy can “fill the void—the abysses opened by men when, impelled by blind violence, they renounce their dignity as children of God and brothers of one another.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($33,493 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,507.00
96% 4%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Making Moral Progress? 12 hours ago
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4