The Vatican Mea Culpa, Auschwitz

The Polish Pope pours balm over a Catholic-Jewish schism

The Vatican does not ordinarily concern itself with the precise living arrangements of 14 nuns. But the controversy that erupted this year over a small Carmelite convent on the edge of Poland's Auschwitz death camp had threatened to bring an end to a chapter of ecumenism, initiated by the Catholic Church two decades ago, with Judaism. The presence of the five-year- old cloister struck Jews and even some Catholics as an insensitive intrusion into a setting that will forever symbolize the Holocaust; 4 million people died there, an estimated 2.5 million of them Jews. Last week, after repeatedly dismissing the issue...

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