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Holocaust row bishop returns to England

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Holocaust row bishop returns to England


A Roman Catholic bishop who caused outrage by denying the scale of the Holocaust has arrived back in his native Britain.

Last week Richard Williamson was given 10 days to leave Argentina where he had been working for the past six years. Argentinian authorities cited irregularities in his immigration application but also condemned his remarks as deeply offensive to Argentine society, the Jewish people and humanity as a whole. In a television statement last month, Williamson said there were no gas chambers and that no more than 300,000 Jews died in the Nazi concentration camps, rather than the accepted figure of 6 million. Argentina is home to one of the largest Jewish communities outside of Israel. Just days after Williamson’s remarks , Pope Benedict caused widespread anger when he lifted excommunications on Williamson and three other traditionalists in a bid to heal a schism within the Church. The Vatican has ordered Williamson to retract his comments. 2’00 ends

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