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Pope arrives at Auschwitz death camp

9 months 4 weeks 2 days ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 July 29, 2016 3:11 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OSWIECIM, Poland - Pope Francis has walked beneath the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at Auschwitz, beginning a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp.

He then was driven into a small car along a path lined by barracks, and is to pray at the site of executions and meet with camp survivors.

He has become the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. But Francis is the first pope to visit who has no personal connection to the site.

John Paul II hailed from Poland, which was under German occupation, while Benedict XVI was a German.

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