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Vatican rep to Jews makes first US visit
Vatican rep to Jews asked in US to address tensions over WWII-era pope, interfaith dialogue
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' The cardinal in charge of Vatican relations with Jews landed in controversy during his first U.S. visit in his new position.

Cardinal Kurt Koch spoke in New Jersey and New York. The Jewish Daily Forward reported that Koch repeated his remarks from earlier this year that the cross should be viewed as the "definitive Yom Kippur," which is the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Koch also responded to questions from Jewish leaders about the sainthood cause of Pope Pius XII. Koch said he saw nothing significant about would be revealed about the pope by further investigation of the Vatican archives. Critics say that the World War II-era pontiff failed to speak out enough to stop the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League says Koch's comments were not helpful.

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