He did not give a speech, but prayed in silence. At Auschwitz concentration camp, Pope Francis looked grim and pensive. He wrote down in the guest book: “Lord have mercy on your people! Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!”
Over a million people have lost their lives at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps during Nazi reign under Adolf Hitler. Pope also prayed in the darkened cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest martyred in Auschwitz.
The Holy Father was welcomed by Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo at the notorious block 11 building. Later, a group of ten men and women who had survived the Holocaust, came to greet the Holy Father.
The Pope gifted a lamp, which contains images of the Auschwitz fence line and the Heart of Jesus, to the Auschwitz museum.