|Vatican||RABBIS SAY POPE'S APOLOGY NOT ENOUGH|
Jewish leaders have welcomed the Pope's apologies for the past misdeeds of the Catholic church - but expressed disappointment that he did not make specific mention of the church's role during the Holocaust.
In an unprecedented gesture, Pope John Paul II on Sunday publicly asked God's forgiveness for the sins of Catholics through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities.
Israel's Chief Rabbi, Israel Meir Lau, said he hoped the Pope would make a more specific apology during his pilgrimage to Israel later this month, when he is due to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Lau said he was "a little bit disappointed" that the Pope had made no mention of the Holocaust or the controversial role of Pope Pius XII, who many Jews believe turned a blind eye to the Nazi death camps.