Wednesday, 12 August 2009

'The pope's visit to the Holy Land...' (May 2009)

"... In the event, he deeply upset his Israeli hosts, and to a much milder extent his Palestinian ones too, both mainly through sins of omission...

... The trouble came when... he spoke only of 'millions' of Jewish victims, not of 'six million'...

... The pope then made things worse for himself by speaking of the 'tragedy of the Shoah [Hebrew for the Holocaust]' without attributing blame...

... And yet another mistake: the pope used the word 'killed' rather than 'murdered'..."


(Source: The Ecomomist, May 16th 2009, Pope Benedict - A Chapter of Incidents)

I won't comment lest I be nitpicked!

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