USA    CARDINAL APOLOGISES FOR ANTI-SEMITISM
In a powerfully worded letter to Jewish leaders, New York's Cardinal John O'Connor has expressed "abject sorrow" for centuries of anti-Semitism by members of the Catholic Church.
    Jewish leaders said the 8 September letter, published as a full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times, goes beyond the official church line and last year's "We Remember" decree from the Vatican, which apologised for "errors and failures" of some Catholics during the Holocaust.
    "I ask this Yom Kippur that you understand my own abject sorrow for any member of the Catholic Church, high or low, who may have harmed you or your forebears in any way," the New York cardinal wrote.
    The letter comes just prior to the release of John Cornwell's book "Hitler's Pope," which has renewed debate over what critics regard as Pope Pius XII's failure to specifically and strongly denounce the Holocaust.
   
    AP 11:43am 21/9/99

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