The following is a brief description of the venues on the itinerary of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.  Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will meet at three different venues, which mirror the venues of their predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964: The Apostolic Delegation, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and summer residence of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in the area of "Small Galilee."


Yad Vashem Museum

From the Yad Vashem website:

"As the Jewish people's living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter."

The Holocaust

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime. 'Holocaust' is a word of Greek origin (holokauston) meaning 'whole burnt' or "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were 'racially superior' to the Jews, who were thought to be a threat to the "so-called German racial community."

"During the years of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived 'racial inferiority': Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals."

~ excerpts used from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Encyclopedia

Yad Vashem Honorees

The Yad Vashem Museum honors people who helped and aided Jews during the Holocaust. Below are a few Orthodox Chrisitian and Catholic honorees:



Orthodox Christian and Catholic Articles about the Holocaust

Orthodox Christian and Catholic Reflections on Judaism

More Yad Vashem Links: