It wasn’t the first-ever visit to a concentration camp by a Catholic leader, but it may have been one of the most moving.
Pope Francis prayed and spoke to survivors of the Holocaust during his visit to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz Birkenau on Friday morning.
Previous popes from Germany and Poland have also visited the site. But unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis spent much of the morning in silence, seen as a sign of respect but also lamentation for the 1.1 million people killed in the concentration camp during World War II.
Later, he spoke with survivors, and Polish people who risked their lives to hide Jews, protecting them from murder.