Jan 26, 2020

Pope Francis urges people to vow "never again" on Holocaust

Pope Francis, Jan. 26. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis on Sunday invited prayers and reflection on the Holocaust and called people to vow “never again," AP reports.

Why it matters: Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where the Nazis murdered 1.1 million men, women and children, mostly Jews, according to the New York Times.

What he's saying: "In the face of this huge tragedy, this atrocity, indifference is not admissible and memory is a duty," Francis said.

  • "All are invited to take a moment for prayer and for reflection, each one saying in one’s own heart: never again, never again!”

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In photos: 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe walks through a gate with the inscription "Work sets you free" ("Arbeit macht frei") on Jan. 27. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty Images

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Army in 1945, and hundreds of survivors returned to the complex in commemoration, AP reports.

Why it matters: Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest camp built by Germany during World War II and where the Nazis killed 1.1 million men, women and children, most of them Jews.

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Pope Francis praises China's "commitment" on coronavirus

Pope Francis, Jan. 26. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for those killed or infected by the coronavirus outbreak in China and praised the Chinese government’s “great commitment” to contain the virus, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The new coronavirus strain, which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed 56 people and infected nearly 1,975.

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Justice Department takes aim at Big Tech's shield

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Trump administration is turning up the heat on one of Big Tech's most important legal protections, as the Justice Department convenes a debate over changing a law that protects platforms from suits over content their users post.

Why it matters: The threat to remove immunity granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is one of a handful of weapons that Washington is mulling using against Facebook, Google, and other tech giants. Trump administration enthusiasm for revoking or revising the protection could give such proposals a boost in Congress.