Pope Francis paid a sombre visit to Auschwitz

Last Updated: July 30, 2016

Pope Francis visited Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, this sombre Friday became a day of remembering the victims of Nazi atrocities during the World War II. For Pope Francis, it is the third visit in the frame of the pilgrimage. The pontiff visited on July 29 the saddest place Auschwitz, where more than one million people were killed by the Nazi German’s forces.

On Friday, the pontiff Francis paid a visit to Auschwitz camp to pray and to remember its innocent victims, more of them were Jews. This day the Pope didn’t give a speech, instead, he stood in silence — to reflect on the horrors committed. His tears flow on the cheeks, and this silent prayer speaks volumes.

The cynical words ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ above the gate of Auschwitz means ‘work sets you free’, this picture with the Pope Francis and Auschwitz’s gate became viral – people remember the horrors of war, many victims are still alive.

The pontiff led prayers today for the 1.1 million victims, all of them were murdered at the death camp. There are no words to express all cynicism and atrocity of Nazi German activity. So the Pope Francis instead of a speech just stood in silence.

Pope Francis is praying in Auschwitz during his visit on July 30, 2016
Pope Francis is praying in Auschwitz during his visit on July 29, 2016

After praying Pope Francis met with the survivors of this camp, he was greeting these people, kissing them on the cheeks and giving them the blessing. A large white candle placed by the Argentine pontiff at the Death Wall became a symbol of never ending prayers for the saving the souls.