Argentina has told a Roman Catholic bishop to leave the country after he caused uproar by denying the extent of The Holocaust.
It is thought Bishop Richard Williamson has already left the seminary he headed near Buenos Aires. During a television interview the British-born bishop claimed there were no gas chambers and no more than 300,000 Jews died in concentration camps – rather than the widely accepted figure of six million. Argentina is home to one of the world’s largest Jewish communities and the government there said Bishop Williamson’s views were deeply offensive. German born Pope Benedict angered Jewish leaders and many catholics last month when he lifted excommunications on Bishop Williams and three others. The Pope was trying to heal a split within the church which began when Williams and others were ordained without Vatican permission.