Marking the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland, Pope Francis on Wednesday gave a speech in commemoration of genocide of millions of Jews and others killed at the hands of Nazi Germans.
The Pope during his speech also warned that warped ideologies can pave the way to another genocide.
The Pope Francis called for a need to remember, as it signifies the sign of humanity and a peaceful future. “To remember is an expression of humanity. Remembrance is a sign of civilization. To remember is a condition for a better future of peace and fraternity,” he said.
However, he also pointed at another possible mass extermination as he said one needs to remember because “these things can happen again, starting with ideological proposals that claim to save a people and end up destroying a people and humanity.”
He warned that the Holocaust began that way, opening “this path of death, extermination and brutality.”
People observed the International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pope Francis had prayed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial during his visit to Poland in 2016.
Francis spoke off the cuff at the end of his weekly general audience, held in his private library because of coronavirus restrictions.
Auschwitz was transformed into a mass killing camp when more six million Jews, Roma and others were massacred by the Nazi Germans and their collaborators during 1941-1945, across German-occupied Europe.