Pope Francis condemns culture of hate reminiscent of Hitler


Speaking on November 15, Pope Francis said some of what he hears from politicians today reminds him of Hitler’s speeches from the 1930s. “I confess that when I hear some speeches by someone responsible for public order or a government, I am reminded of Hitler’s speeches in 1934 and 1936,” the pope said. “They are typical actions of Nazism which with its persecutions of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation, represent a negative model ‘par excellence’ of a throwaway culture and a culture of hate.”

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“That’s what they did then and today these things are resurfacing,” the pope added, calling on his audience “to be vigilant, both in civil and religious society, to avoid any possible compromise…with such degeneration.” The pope did not refer to any specific case or incident, but recently an 89 year old Auschwitz survivor was placed under police protection after receiving online and offline anti-Semitic threats in Italy