Holocaust hangs over pope's visit to Rome synagogue

Modified 18 Jan 2010, 7:17 am

The role of the Roman Catholic Church during the Holocaust hung over a landmark visit Sunday by Pope Benedict XVI to Rome's main synagogue.

"Unfortunately many remained indifferent" as the Nazis slaughtered millions of Jews before and during World War II, the German-born pope said in a speech often punctuated by applause in the cavernous temple.

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