Pope laments Holocaust

2009-05-11 20:41

Jerusalem - Pope Benedict XVI says the cries of Holocaust victims continue to reverberate 60 years after the second World War.

The German-born Benedict is paying his respects to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide at Israel's national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem.

Benedict shook hands with six elderly survivors of the Holocaust and rekindled the memorial's eternal flame during an emotional ceremony.

He told the audience that the cry of victims "still echoes in our hearts". He said: "They lost their lives, but they will never lose their names."

He also said the Church is working to ensure that hatred never reigns again.

The Vatican has been widely criticised for not doing enough to stop the Holocaust - a charge that the Church denies.