Jewish Leaders Optimistic About Vatican-Jewish Ties

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Jewish leaders say they're optimistic about
Vatican-Jewish ties after meeting with a top Vatican official
following a dispute over a Holocaust-denying bishop.

And Israel's chief rabbinate, the Jewish state's highest religious authority, now says it will resume talks next month that were suspended in the wake of the dispute over Bishop Richard Williamson.

Jewish groups expressed outrage after Pope Benedict lifted Williamson's excommunication on Jan. 21. The British traditionalist had denied on Swedish state TV that 6 million Jews were killed during World War II. He said no more than 300,000 Jews were killed and none of them in gas chambers.

Last week, the Vatican bowed to Jewish demands and publicly demanded that Williamson recant before being admitted as a bishop
into the Church.

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

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

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