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Pope John Paul II: 'There Are No Words Strong Enough to Recall the Tragedy of the Holocaust'Aired March 23, 2000 - 6:30 a.m. ET
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DEBORAH MARCHINI, CNN ANCHOR: It is a moment weighted with drama and history, about half an hour ago the pope arrived at Israel's National Holocaust Memorial. Back to Linda for the latest.
LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: That's right, Deborah.
The pope just made a few comments at the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem. We want to take you to a live picture there now. Prime Minister Ehud Barak is speaking at the moment. The pope spoke moments ago about his heartfelt grief about the Holocaust, saying: "There are no words strong enough to recall the tragedy of the Holocaust."
The Polish-born Pope also spoke about Jewish friends and neighbors that he remembered, some of whom survived, some of whom died during the war. We want to let you listen in to a little bit now as Prime Minister Ehud Barak speaks.
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EHUD BARAK, PRIME MINISTER, ISRAEL: ... literally a place and a name for the six million of our brothers and sisters, for one and a half million children, victims of the barbarian evil of Nazism. When the darkness of Nazism descended...
STOUFFER: Prime Minister Ehud Barak speaking there. Many Jews had hoped that the pope would make a direct apology for the Catholic Church's public silence during the Holocaust, that is something that has never happened before, with this pope or any other. Many Israelis were hoping that it would happen today at Israel's memorial to the Jews killed during the Holocaust.
Earlier today the pope held a private mass at the site where Jesus is believed to have celebrated the Last Supper. He also today visited with Israeli President Ezer Weizman, and before that he had a meeting with the country's top rabbis.
We, of course, will be following this story and have reaction to the pope's comments at the memorial as the day continues.
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