Report: Bishop who had denied Holocaust apologizes

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February 26, 2009 20:21

A Catholic news agency says that a British bishop who had denied the Holocaust has apologized for his remarks. Bishop Richard Williamson was shown in a Swedish state TV interview saying historical evidence indicates there were no Nazi gas chambers and that a maximum of 300,000 people died in concentration camps in the Holocaust. The remarks caused widespread outrage. Pope Benedict XVI had lifted a 20-year-old excommunication decree imposed on Williamson and three other bishops who had been consecrated without Vatican approval. The Zenit Catholic news agency said Thursday that Williamson expressed regret for the statements. It quoted him as saying that to all who took offense, "before God I apologize."


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