ROME -- Pope Francis marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday by warning that warped ideologies can pave the way to another genocide.
In all, about 6 million European Jews and millions of other people were killed by the Germans and their collaborators.
The Argentine pope insisted on the need to remember, saying it was a sign of humanity and a condition for a peaceful future. But he said remembering “also means to be aware that 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.”
Francis prayed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial during his 2016 visit to Poland.