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Pope to Shun Disputed Photo at Holocaust Museum: Envoy

March 10, 2009 0

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Pope Benedict XVI will pray at Israel's Holocaust memorial during his visit in May, but will stay away from the section featuring controversial comments about his Nazi-era predecessor, his envoy said on Tuesday.

The pontiff will "pray and pay respect to the victims of the Shoah (Holocaust,)" at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Papal Nuncio Antonio Franco said at a news conference.

"The pope does not go to the museum," he added, stressing: "this is not a polemic position."

One exhibit in the museum section features a caption below a picture of Pius XII that says the wartime pope failed to protest the Holocaust and maintained a largely "neutral position."

The caption has angered the Vatican, which disputes the claim. ...

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