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Pope Francis accompanied to Kotel by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz, May 26, 2014

Pope Francis has had a busy day so far in the ancient Old City of Jerusalem.

He began his day on the Temple Mount, in the Al Aqsa Mosque, visiting with the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Waqf Islamic Authority. The pontiff was quoted as telling both, “May we work together for justice and peace.”


Given the violence that has emanated week after week from that quarter towards Christians and Jews alike, that would seem to be a tall order. There is no information about the response of the Arab officials to the Pope’s comments at the mosque. On the first leg of his journey to the Holy Land, yesterday, he made an unscheduled stop at the separation barrier that was built by Israel to prevent suicide bombers from infiltrating and murdering citizens in areas of the country that were under the government’s control prior to 1967.

The Pope was then led to Judaism’s holiest site for prayer by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch. The Kotel (Western Wall) had been cleared of visitors for security reasons earlier by police. The pontiff bowed his head in prayer with his hand on the ancient stones. He followed those silent moments of communion with the Creator by placing a note in the Wall — an ancient tradition observed by nearly everyone who comes to the Wall — and embraced close Jewish and Muslim friends with him.

Francis met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres and made a quick visit to the Mt. Herzl cemetery where he laid a wreath at the tomb of the ‘father of Zionism,’ Theodore Herzl. He then visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in a moving ceremony where he laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and greeted six Holocaust survivors. There the pontiff questioned the role of G-d in the slaughter of the millions of victims murdered by the Nazis.

“The Father knew the risk of freedom, he knew that His children could be lost, yet perhaps not even the Father could imagine so great a fall, so profound an abyss,” he reflected. Having lit the memorial light in the center just minutes before, he compared the Nazi Holocaust to idolatry, and standing before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, himself a survivor, lashed out against the murderers.

“Who convinced you that you were G-d? Not only did you torture and kill your brothers and sisters, but you sacrificed them to yourself, because you made yourself a god. Today, in this place, we hear once more the voice of G-d: ‘Adam, where are you?’ Hear “L-rd and have mercy,” Francis prayed. “We have sinned against You. You reign for ever.”

The Pope also received from Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev a reproduction of a painting of a Chossid engrossed in prayer created in the Lodz ghetto by a teenage victim of the Holocaust.

He is expected to celebrate Mass at the Cenacle, the upper room in the complex where some believe the tomb of the Biblical King David is located – and where Christians believe the Last Supper took place, sometime before leaving to return to the Vatican in the afternoon hours.

There have been protests against the Pope’s visit to various sites in the Old City of Jerusalem by both Muslim and Jewish groups, both saying the leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church is intent on defiling their respective holy places of worship.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. The Poope should be more concerned about the nazi & Islamist murderers NOW, it’s a bit late to lament the past that smacks of pure tokenism, be concerned the present doesn’t replicate what’s been while he’s lickin the butts of arab conspirators on his grand M E tour

  2. I saw the pictures of the Catholic pontiff blessing Hitler and his tanks during WWII. The pontiff is a 7 headed hydra that takes all sides and no sides at all as long as billions of dollars pour into Vatican coffers. Israel must never trust this serpent.

  3. I believe the guy is sincere… but either naive or disingenuous. Christianity created Nazism and all anti-Judaism. He needs to lash out at Christianity, the most false religion ever invented. And if he is truly a good man, he should reject it.

  4. I believe the guy is sincere… but either naive or disingenuous. Christianity created Nazism and all anti-Judaism. He needs to lash out at Christianity, the most false religion ever invented. And if he is truly a good man, he should reject it.

  5. Tshepo Mposula you saw this pontiff go in a time machine and bless Hitler, really…word!! News to me!! Every faith has done ed up things at one point or another…christians help yall alot, imagine these comments I see here made about your faith, you would go into whine mode 9.0 to infinity..

  6. Christianity teaches its followers, “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” (1 Peter 4:15)

    It is not true that Christianity created Nazism and is anti-Judaism.

    The Vatican is a perverted system having numerous religious views mixed into one, much like the Masonic Lodge.

  7. Pope benedict was a hitler youth and the catholic church practiced willfull blindness at the holocaust, never announcing their opposition to it or even mentioning jews were the main group being targeted. Im glad the catholic church has a better spokesperson now

  8. This reminds me of a time where the Ark of the Covenant was taken by the Philistines during Samuel the prophets days! And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

    2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

    3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

    4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. First of Samuel chapter 5 They found it broken because Idolatry cannot stand where truly G-D inhabits and exist! The LORD G-D is ONE! There is no other! That Christianity is a False one and it derives from Idolatry!

  9. Hallett Tissy, YOU ARE THE IDIOT. Where the hell do you think the mass murders of the Inquisition came from? From the Vatican no less, and they were directed against lots of different groups but PRIMARILY against Jews because “they crucified Christ”. So you ignorant idiot, first learn your own history and then talk.

    As for Paul Miranda, during Holy Week, in the thursday mass when your Church recreates the death of your Christ, they also repeat the basis of all antisemitism, your apostle’s libelous words “may his blood befall upon us and that of our children”. See, you couldn’t accept Romans killed your Jesus, no, you had to concoct this fiction and then pass it on as scripture, about 50 to 100 years after your Jesus died (depending which evangelist you care to read) all to congratiate yourselves with the Roman Empire who was throwing you to the lions.

  10. ..and Mankind – past and present – owes the Jewish people a debt which cannot be repaid; it can only be forgiven – by the Jewish people themselves and by their G-d Who in Mercy even reached out to the Gentile nations persecuting The Apple of His Eye.

  11. pope did not have far to go to question his church complicity during WWII.
    His predecessor and the priests and nuns aided the Nazis and gave then Nazis solace and then hid then and rescued them sending them to Argentina which is the same country as the pope. Lets not forget his spanish church that did the spanish inquisition that affected the Jews in Argentina. Does he think we Jews forgot or stupid? Only the pagan Christians and moslems have short memories since they are mindless.

  12. Please do not worry: they say in the Bible: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they know not what they do! About Religion arguing is pointless! I am also sad about it! And, the people who spread hate as here, speak for yourself! And as anyone can see, in what condition "mind and heart" are wonderful …. Best regards from Hamburg / Germany

  13. Again and again, very enlightening, sometimes very frightening for me, the comments of some people who believe that they are the elect of God, and that the members of other religions "infidels" are! We all have only one God, each religion interprets it just different! We do not love the other religions, just respect and accept … we do not do it, then never returns a peace …. we say to each other but Shala Shala Mabeka ….. peace in your body, peace in your heart, peace in your house, and peace around the world!

  14. Sientje Seinen

    Better informed , Mr. Obama is not a Muslim , but a Christian !

    Family, Childhood and Youth
    Obama's father , Barack Hussein Obama Senior (1936-1982) , came from Nyang'oma Kogelo in Kenya and was a member of the Luo ethnic group . [2 ] Obama's mother , Stanley Ann Dunham ( 1942-1995 ) , came from Wichita, Kansas ( USA) and had Irish , British [3] and German ancestry. [4 ] in addition, Obama is of Swiss descent . [5 ] Obama's parents met as students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa know . They married in 1961 in Hawaii, as in other parts of the United States marriages between blacks and whites were forbidden .

    In 1964 she got divorced . The father continued his studies at Harvard University. Obama saw him as a ten year old for the last time . [6 ] He has three older and three younger paternal half-brothers and half-sister Auma , who studied in Germany . [7 ]

    The mother holds a PhD in anthropology , specializing in development issues , particularly in the area of small loans . She married an Indonesian and later oil executives [ 8] and moved with him and her son Barack in 1967 to Jakarta in Indonesia, where Obama's younger half sister Maya was born . [9 ] , where Obama attended from 1967 to 1970 led by Capuchin friars of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School [10 ] in 1970 /71, a national, multi-religious school. In 1971, he returned to Hawaii, where he was his maternal grandparents , Madelyn ( 1922-2008 ) and Stanley Dunham ( 1918-1992 ) teased . They trained him in the fifth class of the prestigious private Punahou School who graduated in 1979 with honors. There he also played basketball , first in the junior team and in 1972 the first school team . At that time he could imagine to be a professional basketball player . [11 ]

  15. Obama grew up in his own words not in a "religious household" on, but was due to experiences with African American community life in Chicago Christian. He joined in 1985 the United Church of Christ at that promotes social justice for African Americans within the meaning of Black Theology. [77]

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