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From the Library in the Apostolic Palace – instead of his habitual window in the papal apartments, to protect him from the coronavirus threat – Pope Francis on Sunday in the Angelus prayer expressed his “great apprehension” over the “inhuman situation” of Syrian refugees, as well as his “closeness” to sufferers of COVID-19 and their caregivers.

Ahead of the 75th anniversary Monday of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Pope Francis recalled this morning at the Angelus prayer the “appalling tragedy” of the Holocaust, insisting that “indifference is admissible and remebrance is a duty”. “Never again, never again”, the pontiff cried, calling tomorrow for “a moment of prayer and of recollection” on the part of all.