The Guilt of the Innocent
It is a paradox of the Holocaust
that the innocent feel guilty and the guilty innocent.
Nowhere is this observation better illustrated than in the service of Archbishop Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII and newly designated by Pope Francis as a Saint, whose story is one of the most inspiring – yet little known – episodes of the twentieth century. In Guilt of the Innocent we will explore Roncalli’s actions during the Holocaust in Istanbul, as he actively engaged in the rescue of Jews, and later as Pope John XXIII, transformed Roman Catholic teaching toward the Jews. It can be viewed as the most significant religious transformation to emerge from the Holocaust.
It is a humanitarian story worthy of world-wide recognition, especially during today’s troubled times, as religious hatred divides our world and leads to violence and hatred throughout the globe.