Pope John Paul II 248 ap.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Pope's pilgrimage ripples with meaning
The remarkable pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II resonated through the land with meanings not yet fully grasped. Hard-edged assumptions by Catholics and Jews about one another, shaped over two millennia, had been touched, softened, perhaps transformed during the six-day visit.
"No one can forget or ignore what happened": Text of pope's speech at Yad Vashem
Here, as at Auschwitz and many other places in Europe, we are overcome by the echo of the heart-rending laments of so many. Men, women, children cry out to us from the depths of the horror that they knew.
Editorial: The pope in Israel
The people of Israel should welcome John Paul II as a friend of the Jewish people, and welcome the path of repentance upon which the Church has seriously embarked. Today, this path could be extended most powerfully by the Church calling on the Arab world to end its enmity with Israel, as the Church has done with the Jewish people.