- Jan 17, 2020
The prayer, music and song commemorated a time of great sadness and unimaginable evil. Yet, people walked out inspired by hope.
Pope Francis warned that violence against Jewish people, which reached a state of horror during World War II, is on the rise again.
Twenty bronze-capped cobblestones, commemorating members of two Italian Jewish families who were deported during the Holocaust, were stolen in Rome in the early hours of Monday morning.
It’s an incident that has caused controversy for 160 years: A 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after Church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized.
Religious leaders and experts met in Rome to foster dialogue and peace.
Romans marched on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of when over one thousand Jews were taken from their homes by Nazis in 1943 and sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz. As anti-semitic sentiments rise in Europe and the United States, Catholic and Jewish organizers of the event praise fruitful dialogue and invite faithful not to forget the lessons from the past.