Pope visits memorial to Nazi victims in Rome

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Pope Benedict XVI has visited a memorial to victims of a 1944 massacre by Nazis, one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers during the Second World War.

The German-born pontiff prayed on Sunday at the Ardeatine Caves in Rome to mark the anniversary of the killings of 335 civilians in revenge for an attack by resistance fighters who killed 33 members of a Nazi military police unit.

Jewish leader Elan Steinberg expressed renewed outrage that one of the massacre's perpetrators, 99-year-old former SS Capt. Erich Priebke, was allowed to go shopping in Rome last autumn despite being on house arrest....

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