Vatican tells Merkel: Pope clear on Holocaust

VATICAN CITY Tue Feb 3, 2009 3:01pm EST

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday hit back at German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she called on Pope Benedict to make clear the Vatican does not tolerate any denial of the Holocaust.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement that the German pope's position on the Holocaust and Holocaust denial "could not be any clearer."

Merkel made her comments after an outcry over a decision by the pope to rehabilitate four traditional Catholic bishops, including one who denies the full extent of the Holocaust.#

(Editing by Michael Roddy)

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