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Holocaust-denying bishop makes apology

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A Roman Catholic bishop who caused uproar by denying the scale of the Holocaust has reportedly apologized over his remarks. Bishop Richard Williamson, who is now back in his native Britain after being thrown out of Argentina, is quoted on a Catholic news agency website. In the statement, he expresses regret over comments he made to Swedish television.

“To all souls that took honest scandal from what I said, before God I apologize,” he says. In the interview in question, Williamson denied the Nazis killed six million Jews. He also caused outrage with this remark: “I believe there were no gas chambers.” The Pope controversially lifted excommunications on Williamson and three other ultra-traditionalist bishops last month. He later ordered Williamson to retract his comments. In his apology, the bishop did not say whether he has changed his views.