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05-12-2009, 02:11 PM
The Vatican defended the pope Tuesday from a growing chorus of Israeli critics who accused the German-born Benedict XVI of failing to express enough remorse for the Holocaust a controversy that threatened to eclipse a papal pilgrimage aimed at building bridges between faiths.


05-12-2009, 04:59 PM
Half a story.


Metzger thanked Benedict for preventing the return to the fold of Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson.

The chief Ashkenazi rabbi went on to thank the pope for his "historic agreement and the commitment given by the Vatican, that the Church will henceforth desist from all missionary and conversion activities amongst our people. This is for us an immensely important message."