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"Forgive so much cruelty": Pope at Auschwitz

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>> Pope Francis visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp complex this morning. And he paid silent tribute to the more than a million people who were killed there by the Nazis. I'm Phil Pullella, Reuter's correspondent, in Poland with the Pope. This morning was the first time that this Pope went to Auschwitz in his life, he's never been in Poland before.
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He is the third consecutive pope to go to Auschwitz. Francis doesn't have the historical links to World War II that his two predecessors had, because John Paul was a Pole, and Pope Benedict was a German. These are two countries which were at war. And so, the worst of the suffering, in this area, during World War II.
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He is Argentine. And he said before the trip started that he wanted to say nothing here. He said silence is the best way to pay tribute to those who died here. He prayed silently. Sitting on a bench for about 15 minutes, he was slouched. He was clearly moved by what he had seen.
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He walked through the infamous gate that says in German work will make you free, and then he met with some survivors of the camp, including a woman who was 101 years old. He embraced each one of them, and one of the male survivors showed him a picture that was taken on the day the Russians liberated the camp, which showed him another emaciated inmates in the benches where they used to sleep, so it was a very moving visit.