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That tragic day: 16 October 1943

· Jewish deportation survivor attends the Pope's Mass ·

The presence of Enzo Camerino at the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis this morning, Wednesday 16 October, in the Chapel of Santa Marta was a very significant one. For today the Jewish Community of Rome commemorates the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the residents of Rome's Jewish ghetto. Enzo Camerino is one of the 1,024 people who were snatched from their homes and deported to the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz. Two hundred children were among them. Camerino is one of only 16 living survivors of the tragic event.

Today representatives of Rome's civil and religious society gathered at the city's Great Synagogue to commemorate that tragic 16 October day; among them was the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. During the solemn ceremony a message from Pope Francis was read. The Bishop of Rome welcomed representatives from the Jewish Community to the Vatican last Friday, 11 October, and relaunched his appeal that “anti-Semitism be banished from the hearts and lives of every man and woman”.

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Dec. 8, 2019

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