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Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 19, 2008

Witness video of Benedict’s Passover eve synagogue visit in its entirety at this link:

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/Pope.Benedict.NYC.2.703533.html

What can we observe here that has not already been pointed out?

There is a tremendous amount of effort being devoted towards propping up the idea that these people who today call themselves “Jews” are actual descendants of the ancient Israelites. Maintaining this illusion is critical to the entire charade.

Likewise there’s a great deal of effort made to associate Jesus with the people who today call themselves “Jews” and the anti-Biblical religion of Orthodox Judaism. Benedict stated, “I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this [NY synagogue].” This statement is false and ridiculous, but it does create an association between Jesus and the Talmudic synagogues of today, which is its most likely intended purpose.

The “brothers” theme was reinforced by the rabbi. This is a clear allusion to Jacob and Esau who were at conflict in the Old Testament. There is a Kabbalistic gnosis having to do with “Jacob” being reconciled with “Esau” prior to the Judaic “redemption.” This gnosis stems from the occult tradition related to the conjunction of opposites. The Vatican’s relentless drive towards “reconciliation” between Christians and Orthodox Judaic followers of the Talmud and Kabbalah is harmonious with this Kabbalistic tradition and has nothing to do with Christian, Biblical tradition. St. Paul spoke of reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, but that it could only be through faith in Jesus Christ. This is beside the fact that we can’t know who the true descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob are. To apply St. Paul’s words regarding reconciliation to these Khazars and Sephardim who deny Christ and adhere to Talmud and Kabbalah is as diabolical as it is foolish.

The gifts that are exchanged at these meetings between the popes and Judaic leaders invariably are Judaic gifts. There is a lot to be read into this in terms of direction and proportion in their “dialogue.” The synagogue gave Benedict a silver Seder plate, a Passover haggadah and matzo, and he gave them a medieval Judaic codex.

The Judaic codex which Benedict gave the synagogue as a gift was a text from the medieval rabbinic codifier, Jacob ben Asher the Ba’al ha-Turim (Master of the Pillars). Jacob ben Asher is best known for his Rimzei Ba’al ha-Turim, a work of gematria, which is to say, methods for finding “hidden teachings” in Biblical texts which, consequently, nullify the written meaning.

These poor, deluded people could benefit so much more from a copy of the New Testament than the satanic gematria of Jacob ben Asher, but why would Benedict bring the Gospel to a synagogue on the anniversary of Christ’s execution? Apparently, Benedict visited these people in their synagogue on this day only to celebrate with them in their delusional ethnic conceit, praise them for their anti-Biblical traditions, and to validate those same ethnic delusions and anti-Biblical traditions in the eyes of Christians. The only preaching I heard had to do with the anti-Biblical doctrine, “Tikkun Olam” and it came from the rabbi.

Speaking of gematria, The NY Times has gone to great lengths to document that the visit was 22 minutes long. Those who understand the Kabbalistic obsession with numbers will recognize the significance here:

Pope Benedict XVI paid a 22-minute visit to the Park East Synagogue — the first papal trip to a United States synagogue — on Friday afternoon …

The pope entered the synagogue at 5:16 p.m. …

The pope exited the synagogue at 5:38 p.m., ending a visit of just over 20 minutes. (Pope Makes First Visit to a U.S. Synagogue,” Sewell Chan, The New York Times, April 19, 2008) http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/a-key-moment-in-benedicts-relationship-with-the-jews/?hp

Benedict could well have become the most treacherous “vicar of Christ” in history after these past two days. Meanwhile, “traditionalists” are focused on complaining about the music at his baseball stadium Mass …

See also:

http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2008/04/at-synagogue-pope-tells-two-lies-in-two.html

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Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 19, 2008

Witness video of Benedict’s Passover eve synagogue visit in its entirety at this link:

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/Pope.Benedict.NYC.2.703533.html

What can we observe here that has not already been pointed out?

There is a tremendous amount of effort being devoted towards propping up the idea that these people who today call themselves “Jews” are actual descendants of the ancient Israelites. Maintaining this illusion is critical to the entire charade.

Likewise there’s a great deal of effort made to associate Jesus with the people who today call themselves “Jews” and the anti-Biblical religion of Orthodox Judaism. Benedict stated, “I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this [NY synagogue].” This statement is false and ridiculous, but it does create an association between Jesus and the Talmudic synagogues of today, which is its most likely intended purpose.

The “brothers” theme was reinforced by the rabbi. This is a clear allusion to Jacob and Esau who were at conflict in the Old Testament. There is a Kabbalistic gnosis having to do with “Jacob” being reconciled with “Esau” prior to the Judaic “redemption.” This gnosis stems from the occult tradition related to the conjunction of opposites. The Vatican’s relentless drive towards “reconciliation” between Christians and Orthodox Judaic followers of the Talmud and Kabbalah is harmonious with this Kabbalistic tradition and has nothing to do with Christian, Biblical tradition. St. Paul spoke of reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, but that it could only be through faith in Jesus Christ. This is beside the fact that we can’t know who the true descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob are. To apply St. Paul’s words regarding reconciliation to these Khazars and Sephardim who deny Christ and adhere to Talmud and Kabbalah is as diabolical as it is foolish.

The gifts that are exchanged at these meetings between the popes and Judaic leaders invariably are Judaic gifts. There is a lot to be read into this in terms of direction and proportion in their “dialogue.” The synagogue gave Benedict a silver Seder plate, a Passover haggadah and matzo, and he gave them a medieval Judaic codex.

The Judaic codex which Benedict gave the synagogue as a gift was a text from the medieval rabbinic codifier, Jacob ben Asher the Ba’al ha-Turim (Master of the Pillars). Jacob ben Asher is best known for his Rimzei Ba’al ha-Turim, a work of gematria, which is to say, methods for finding “hidden teachings” in Biblical texts which, consequently, nullify the written meaning.

These poor, deluded people could benefit so much more from a copy of the New Testament than the satanic gematria of Jacob ben Asher, but why would Benedict bring the Gospel to a synagogue on the anniversary of Christ’s execution? Apparently, Benedict visited these people in their synagogue on this day only to celebrate with them in their delusional ethnic conceit, praise them for their anti-Biblical traditions, and to validate those same ethnic delusions and anti-Biblical traditions in the eyes of Christians. The only preaching I heard had to do with the anti-Biblical doctrine, “Tikkun Olam” and it came from the rabbi.

Speaking of gematria, The NY Times has gone to great lengths to document that the visit was 22 minutes long. Those who understand the Kabbalistic obsession with numbers will recognize the significance here:

Pope Benedict XVI paid a 22-minute visit to the Park East Synagogue — the first papal trip to a United States synagogue — on Friday afternoon …

The pope entered the synagogue at 5:16 p.m. …

The pope exited the synagogue at 5:38 p.m., ending a visit of just over 20 minutes. (Pope Makes First Visit to a U.S. Synagogue,” Sewell Chan, The New York Times, April 19, 2008) http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/a-key-moment-in-benedicts-relationship-with-the-jews/?hp

Benedict could well have become the most treacherous “vicar of Christ” in history after these past two days. Meanwhile, “traditionalists” are focused on complaining about the music at his baseball stadium Mass …

See also:

http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2008/04/at-synagogue-pope-tells-two-lies-in-two.html

NY Times Piece on the Passover Eve Papal Synagogue Visit

April 15, 2008

The New York Times notes:

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews. John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

History Awaits the Pope and the Rabbi

By CLYDE HABERMAN – The New York Times

April 15, 2008

This is a busy time for Rabbi Arthur Schneier, and his schedule will only become more complicated as the week winds down. Preparations must be made for Passover, which begins Saturday night. Like any rabbi who leads a congregation, he has to write a sermon for the Sabbath. Then he needs to come up with themes for Passover services on Sunday and Monday.

Oh, one other thing: He also has to welcome a pope.

The New York journey of Pope Benedict XVI will include a historic stop of 20 minutes or so late Friday afternoon at the Park East Synagogue on East 67th Street, where Rabbi Schneier has been the spiritual leader since 1962. “Historic” is an often abused word. But in this instance it isn’t misplaced.

Never before has a pope visited a synagogue in this country. Indeed, till now, there have been only two recorded papal visits to synagogues anywhere: by John Paul II in Rome in 1986 and by Benedict in Cologne, Germany, in 2005, four months after he ascended to the papacy.

So Benedict’s conversation with Jewish religious and lay figures at Park East — think of it, with absolute respect, as the Schmooze of the Fisherman — is a certified big deal, brief though it will be.

“I look at it as a message of good will by Pope Benedict, saluting the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel — New York — but in a greater context, American Jewry and world Jewry,” Rabbi Schneier said. “Basically, the message is: ‘I am continuing the outreach to the Jews.’ ”

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews.

John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

Full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/nyregion/15nyc.html?ref=nyregion

NY Times Piece on the Passover Eve Papal Synagogue Visit

April 15, 2008

The New York Times notes:

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews. John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

History Awaits the Pope and the Rabbi

By CLYDE HABERMAN – The New York Times

April 15, 2008

This is a busy time for Rabbi Arthur Schneier, and his schedule will only become more complicated as the week winds down. Preparations must be made for Passover, which begins Saturday night. Like any rabbi who leads a congregation, he has to write a sermon for the Sabbath. Then he needs to come up with themes for Passover services on Sunday and Monday.

Oh, one other thing: He also has to welcome a pope.

The New York journey of Pope Benedict XVI will include a historic stop of 20 minutes or so late Friday afternoon at the Park East Synagogue on East 67th Street, where Rabbi Schneier has been the spiritual leader since 1962. “Historic” is an often abused word. But in this instance it isn’t misplaced.

Never before has a pope visited a synagogue in this country. Indeed, till now, there have been only two recorded papal visits to synagogues anywhere: by John Paul II in Rome in 1986 and by Benedict in Cologne, Germany, in 2005, four months after he ascended to the papacy.

So Benedict’s conversation with Jewish religious and lay figures at Park East — think of it, with absolute respect, as the Schmooze of the Fisherman — is a certified big deal, brief though it will be.

“I look at it as a message of good will by Pope Benedict, saluting the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel — New York — but in a greater context, American Jewry and world Jewry,” Rabbi Schneier said. “Basically, the message is: ‘I am continuing the outreach to the Jews.’ ”

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews.

John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

Full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/nyregion/15nyc.html?ref=nyregion

Benedict Wants the World to be Conscious of the Symbolic Significance of his Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 14, 2008

Benedict publicly acknowledged the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve in his homily of Holy Thursday, March 20, 2008 which coincided with Purim Eve:

The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran … “According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.

“This means that he died on the eve of Passover … “

(“Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover,” Zenit, April 6, 2008)

http://www.zenit.org/article-19341?l=english

Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it’s as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.

Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a “personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope’s] official program” according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.

On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray–on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history–the crucifixion of God-incarnate–took place.

And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further “teshuva” and “tikkun” from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our “elder brothers.” Witness the fruits of “reconciliation” with “The Jews.”

read:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees

For the sake of His Passion

Rabbi Comments on the “Very Symbolic” Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

Benedict Wants the World to be Conscious of the Symbolic Significance of his Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 14, 2008

Benedict publicly acknowledged the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve in his homily of Holy Thursday, March 20, 2008 which coincided with Purim Eve:

The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran … “According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.

“This means that he died on the eve of Passover … “

(“Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover,” Zenit, April 6, 2008)

http://www.zenit.org/article-19341?l=english

Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it’s as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.

Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a “personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope’s] official program” according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.

On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray–on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history–the crucifixion of God-incarnate–took place.

And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further “teshuva” and “tikkun” from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our “elder brothers.” Witness the fruits of “reconciliation” with “The Jews.”

read:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees

For the sake of His Passion

Rabbi Comments on the “Very Symbolic” Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

Benedict Wants the World to be Conscious of the Symbolic Significance of his Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 14, 2008

Benedict publicly acknowledged the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve in his homily of Holy Thursday, March 20, 2008 which coincided with Purim Eve:

The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran … “According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.

“This means that he died on the eve of Passover … “

(“Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover,” Zenit, April 6, 2008)

http://www.zenit.org/article-19341?l=english

Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it’s as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.

Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a “personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope’s] official program” according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.

On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray–on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history–the crucifixion of God-incarnate–took place.

And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further “teshuva” and “tikkun” from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our “elder brothers.” Witness the fruits of “reconciliation” with “The Jews.”

read:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees

For the sake of His Passion

Rabbi Comments on the “Very Symbolic” Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

Benedict’s Kosher Via Crucis

April 7, 2007

Pope makes Nazi atrocities part of Stations of the Cross

Pope speaks of Nazi atrocities in Easter ritual
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
April 7, 2007 Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Pope shocked many Catholics last night with a dramatically revised version of the Stations of the Cross, one of the central rituals of the Easter ceremony. The ceremony, also known as the Via Crucis, recreates Jesus’s path on the day of his death from the Antonia fortress to Golgotha, where he was crucified.

The Pope carried the cross for the first and last of the 14 stops on a candle-lit procession around the Coliseum in Rome. However, this year the Pope chose to change both the route and the content of the ceremony. The Vatican said the changes were designed to reflect the gospels more truly and to link Jesus’s suffering with the suffering of mankind today.

One of the boldest changes came on the third stop, where Jesus is given up to Pontius Pilate by the Sanhedrin, a council of Jews. The Pope recalled the sentence that was passed over the Jews by the Nazis, and their suffering in concentration camps. He quoted Etty Hilesum, a Dutch Jew, who was executed in Auschwitz in 1943, saying: “We must oppose every new horror and crime with a new piece of the truth and goodness. We may suffer, but we must not succumb.”

Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, the prefect of the Ambrosian Library in Milan and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, was asked by the Pope to update the ceremony. He said: “I did not want the ceremony just to be a simple recollection of a past event. I wanted worshippers to feel and live through the raw and bitter reality like a neighbour.”

The new changes also included cutting the stop where Jesus drops the Cross, as well as a reference to St Veronica, who mopped Jesus’s brow. St Veronica is merely apocryphal and not mentioned in the gospels.

However, a reference to Judas Iscariot was inserted for the first time because, in the words of Mgr Ravasi, “dawn follows night, out of darkness comes light, and after betrayal comes penitence.” Later, on the ninth stop, where Jesus met a group of women, the Pope spoke out against the suffering of “violated” women. He recalled the women “who have been subjected to tribal practices”, the mothers in crisis and alone, “the Jewish or Palestinian mothers and those in all lands ravaged by war, the widows and old ladies forgotten by their children”.The ceremony ended with St Matthew’s Passion by Bach. (Emphasis supplied)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/07/weaster07.xml

Benedict’s Kosher Via Crucis

April 7, 2007

Pope makes Nazi atrocities part of Stations of the Cross

Pope speaks of Nazi atrocities in Easter ritual
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
April 7, 2007 Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Pope shocked many Catholics last night with a dramatically revised version of the Stations of the Cross, one of the central rituals of the Easter ceremony. The ceremony, also known as the Via Crucis, recreates Jesus’s path on the day of his death from the Antonia fortress to Golgotha, where he was crucified.

The Pope carried the cross for the first and last of the 14 stops on a candle-lit procession around the Coliseum in Rome. However, this year the Pope chose to change both the route and the content of the ceremony. The Vatican said the changes were designed to reflect the gospels more truly and to link Jesus’s suffering with the suffering of mankind today.

One of the boldest changes came on the third stop, where Jesus is given up to Pontius Pilate by the Sanhedrin, a council of Jews. The Pope recalled the sentence that was passed over the Jews by the Nazis, and their suffering in concentration camps. He quoted Etty Hilesum, a Dutch Jew, who was executed in Auschwitz in 1943, saying: “We must oppose every new horror and crime with a new piece of the truth and goodness. We may suffer, but we must not succumb.”

Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, the prefect of the Ambrosian Library in Milan and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, was asked by the Pope to update the ceremony. He said: “I did not want the ceremony just to be a simple recollection of a past event. I wanted worshippers to feel and live through the raw and bitter reality like a neighbour.”

The new changes also included cutting the stop where Jesus drops the Cross, as well as a reference to St Veronica, who mopped Jesus’s brow. St Veronica is merely apocryphal and not mentioned in the gospels.

However, a reference to Judas Iscariot was inserted for the first time because, in the words of Mgr Ravasi, “dawn follows night, out of darkness comes light, and after betrayal comes penitence.” Later, on the ninth stop, where Jesus met a group of women, the Pope spoke out against the suffering of “violated” women. He recalled the women “who have been subjected to tribal practices”, the mothers in crisis and alone, “the Jewish or Palestinian mothers and those in all lands ravaged by war, the widows and old ladies forgotten by their children”.The ceremony ended with St Matthew’s Passion by Bach.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/07/weaster07.xml

Benedict’s Kosher Via Crucis

April 7, 2007

Pope makes Nazi atrocities part of Stations of the Cross

Pope speaks of Nazi atrocities in Easter ritual
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
April 7, 2007 Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Pope shocked many Catholics last night with a dramatically revised version of the Stations of the Cross, one of the central rituals of the Easter ceremony. The ceremony, also known as the Via Crucis, recreates Jesus’s path on the day of his death from the Antonia fortress to Golgotha, where he was crucified.

The Pope carried the cross for the first and last of the 14 stops on a candle-lit procession around the Coliseum in Rome. However, this year the Pope chose to change both the route and the content of the ceremony. The Vatican said the changes were designed to reflect the gospels more truly and to link Jesus’s suffering with the suffering of mankind today.

One of the boldest changes came on the third stop, where Jesus is given up to Pontius Pilate by the Sanhedrin, a council of Jews. The Pope recalled the sentence that was passed over the Jews by the Nazis, and their suffering in concentration camps. He quoted Etty Hilesum, a Dutch Jew, who was executed in Auschwitz in 1943, saying: “We must oppose every new horror and crime with a new piece of the truth and goodness. We may suffer, but we must not succumb.”

Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, the prefect of the Ambrosian Library in Milan and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, was asked by the Pope to update the ceremony. He said: “I did not want the ceremony just to be a simple recollection of a past event. I wanted worshippers to feel and live through the raw and bitter reality like a neighbour.”

The new changes also included cutting the stop where Jesus drops the Cross, as well as a reference to St Veronica, who mopped Jesus’s brow. St Veronica is merely apocryphal and not mentioned in the gospels.

However, a reference to Judas Iscariot was inserted for the first time because, in the words of Mgr Ravasi, “dawn follows night, out of darkness comes light, and after betrayal comes penitence.” Later, on the ninth stop, where Jesus met a group of women, the Pope spoke out against the suffering of “violated” women. He recalled the women “who have been subjected to tribal practices”, the mothers in crisis and alone, “the Jewish or Palestinian mothers and those in all lands ravaged by war, the widows and old ladies forgotten by their children”.The ceremony ended with St Matthew’s Passion by Bach.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/07/weaster07.xml