Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

August 19, 2005

“Pope Warns of Increase in Anti-Semitism”

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:41 pm

That’s the headline on an AP story describing Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to a synagogue in Cologne (Köln), Germany. A synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis but has since been rebuilt. This is only the second Pope ever to make a public visit to a synagogue, and the first was by this Pope’s immediate predecessor.

It hasn’t been much more than a century since a Pope would have been worried about a descrease, rather than an increase, in antisemitism — and it’s only been a little bit longer than that since Popes were ordering the destruction of synagogues.

Sometimes things actually do get better!

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