Holy Father visits the Western Wall and
prays for forgiveness
On Sunday morning, 26 March,
the Holy Father visited the Western or "Wailing" Wall
in Jerusalem, where he paused in prayer and left a written
message imploring God's forgiveness for those who have caused
the children of Abraham to suffer. Here is the English text of
the Pope's message.
God of our fathers, you chose
Abraham and his descendants to bring Your name to the nations...
We are deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the
course of history have caused these children of Yours to suffer
and, asking Your forgiveness, we wish to commit ourselves to
genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.
Jerusalem, 26 March 2000.
John Paul II