Monday, March 30, 2009

German cardinal urges Merkel to apologize to Pope

A prominent German cardinal has urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to apologize to Pope Benedict XVI for her unusual public criticism over the Vatican's handling of the case of a Holocaust-denying bishop.

Merkel's spokesman, however, made clear that the German leader has no intention of revisiting the issue.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, a prominent conservative cleric and archbishop of Cologne, told the Bild daily Friday that ``there were glitches at the Vatican (but) the chancellor also made a mistake.''

On February 3, Merkel called on the German-born pontiff to issue a ``very clear'' rejection of Holocaust denials after the Vatican lifted the excommunication of a bishop who had said he did not believe any Jews were gassed during the Nazi Holocaust.

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(Source: TOI)

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