Pope: Nazi concentration camps were 'extreme symbols of evil'

August 9, 2009 13:56

Nazi concentration camps were "extreme symbols of evil" and hell on earth, Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday. The pontiff said concentration camps are a symbol of the "hell that comes to earth when man forgets God and replaces him, usurping his right to decide what is right and what is wrong, to give life and death." The German-born Benedict was forced to join the Hitler Youth, and on Sunday was remembering two saints who had died in concentration camps. He was speaking to pilgrims gathered at the Castel Gandolfo papal retreat for Sunday's traditional Angelus prayer.

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