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September 18, 1987
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The Pope’s meeting with 196 Jewish leaders — the first Papal meeting with Jews on U.S. soil — came off warmly and frankly. The Pope spoke of the unique Jewish experience in the Holocaust and condemned anti-Semitism, but supported the work of Pope Pius XII during World War II. Holocaust scholars have argued that Pius capitulated to the Nazis. The Pope encountered Jewish protestors here, and would later in San Francisco.

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