Pope Benedict XVI paid his respects Sunday at a site on the outskirts of Rome where 335 Italian men and boys were executed by the Nazis during World War II.
Benedict knelt in prayer at the graves of the victims before he and Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, each recited a psalm. Seventy-six of those killed were Jews.
“What happened here on March 24, 1944, is a very serious insult against G0d because it represents violence by man against man,” Benedict said.
The visit to the Ardeatine Caves was the first by the German-born Benedict as pope.