Monday, 27 January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.

I would urge everyone to take time to pray...

...for the souls of those who died in the Holocaust (even though most were, of course, not baptised, I trust that through their faith as the first people chosen to hear the words of God, many will have been granted His favour, the Baptism of blood or of desire, and now be with Him, or on their way to Him) and in susequent genocides..

...for those now suffering atrocities throughout the world, especially in Syria... saints like Maximilian Kolbe, who were martyred in the Nazi camps, to unite with us in praying for peace, and an end to persecution and inhumanity.

Please recall that the Holocaust weighed heavy in the thoughts of recent Popes, whose lives had been personally touched by the actions of the Nazis, and who both visited and prayed at the Yad Veshem Holocaust Memorial.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 2009

Blessed John Paul II, 2000

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us


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