Pope, German Leader Speak After Holocaust Controversy

BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Benedict
have had a positive telephone conversation after a week of tension
over a Holocaust-denying bishop. According to a joint statement, they expressed their "common deep concern about the perpetualwarning" of the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, Merkel demanded a clarification from the German-born pope after the Vatican lifted the excommunication of traditionalist
British Bishop Richard Williamson.

The Vatican demanded Wednesday that Williamson recant his denial
of the Holocaust before he can be admitted into the Roman Catholic
Church as a bishop. Merkel welcomed that stance.

The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Saturday that Williamsonsaid he would correct himself if he is satisfied by the evidence, but insisted that "will take time."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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