Pope Benedict talked with Jewish leaders and apologized for the bad relations that Catholics may have had with our Jewish brethren in the past and assured them that Catholics do not deny the holocaust.

The BBC has more:

The Pope told about 60 delegates from the Conference of American Jewish Organisations that “any denial or minimisation of this terrible crime [was] intolerable”, especially from a priest.

“The hatred and contempt for men, women and children that was manifested in the Shoah [Holocaust] was a crime against humanity,” he said.

“This should be clear to everyone, especially to those standing in the tradition of the Holy Scriptures…”

Pope Benedict admitted that the 2,000-year-old relationship between Judaism and the Church had passed through some painful phases.

But he repeated the prayer the late Pope John Paul made when he visited Jerusalem in 2000, pleading for forgiveness from Jews for Christians who had persecuted them throughout history.

He will also be traveling to Israel in May.

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