Olmert Asks Pope to Protest Holocaust Denials





Israel's prime minister asked Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday to urge Christians to protest Holocaust denials, Israeli government officials said.

During their meeting at the Vatican, Benedict told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert he would consider the request, which followed an Iranian conference questioning the Nazi genocide against the Jews.

Benedict met with Olmert alone for 35 minutes, longer than the 10 minutes expected, and praised Israel's restraint in Gaza, Israeli spokesman Jacob Galanti said. In response to an invitation from Olmert, Benedict said he wants to visit Israel "when things calm down," the Israeli officials said.


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