- Dec 14, 2019
Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, canceled his participation in an upcoming Mass because one of the celebrants is a newly ordained priest with a history of alleged Nazi sympathies.
Based on evidence gleaned from archives and recorded testimonies, historian Max Wallace claims secret deals, bribes and false promises were used to manipulate Heinrich Himmler over the course of several months in order to get him to shut down Nazi death camps months before the end of World War II, “exploiting his desperate desire for a separate peace with the Western Allies.”
“I think they feel happy that their memory will be kept,” Father Patrick Desbois said, speaking about his project of uncovering all the forgotten mass graves of Jews and Roma killed by the Nazis in Eastern Europe. “The cardinal of Paris said to me, ‘The memory of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union is kept in the memory of the poorest people.’ In fact, one guy, he told me, ‘I have more than 1,500 Jews buried in my garden and nobody came back since ’42.'”
Catholic Archbishop Heiner Koch said the cross was “the sign of the good news of the Christian faith for all people” and should not become a political football. “By putting the cross on the cupola, its builders showed they had a special responsibility to be rulers accountable to God,” he said. “Even today, recalling this attitude would mean a lot for Berlin.”
Actor Daniel Bruhl, part German and part Spanish, has now played a Nazi in a movie for the second time. He says he understands the gravity of the role from discussions with his grandparents who lived through the second world war, and he wonders if he could have made the heroic decisions that some had to make at that time to save lives in the face of such great danger.
Bishop Antonio Stagliano, whose diocese is centered in the Baroque tourist town of Noto in Sicily, said Thursday he’s prepared to hire lawyers and go to court to try to have the Pokemon Go app banned in order “to preserve the social stability of the men and women in his region.”