Pope Francis’s recent remarks on the question of why we didn’t bomb Auschwitz, and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Bergen-Belsen remind us that evil must always be confronted full-on. There are lessons for the world today as we confront Islamist barbarism
During the last year, Pope Francis has spoken out on a number of controversial political issues, including poverty, the environment, immigration, the fate of Christian communities in Arab countries, and the need for peace in the world.
He has issued formal statements, most notably his encyclical letter concerning global warming, pollution, and family planning.
More surprisingly, in impromptu remarks while in Turin, Italy, on June 21, 2015, he entered the thorny historical arena with a challenging question. Why didn’t the Allied powers bomb the Nazi extermination camps?