'Holocaust bishop' told to recant
The Vatican has ordered an ultra-traditionalist bishop to publicly recant his views denying the Holocaust.
A statement said Bishop Richard Williamson must "unequivocally" distance himself from his statements to serve in the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican also said that the Pope had not been aware of the bishop's views when he lifted excommunications on him and three other bishops last month.
Earlier, a senior cardinal acknowledged the Vatican had mishandled the issue.
The Pope's decision, ending Bishop Williamson's excommunication on an unrelated matter, has caused a bitter row, as he does not believe that six million Jews were gassed by the Nazis in World War II.
On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the Pope to make a clearer rejection of Holocaust denials.
"This is not just a matter, in my opinion, for the Christian, Catholic and Jewish communities in Germany but the Pope and the Vatican should clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial," she said.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is in charge of relations between the Roman Catholic church and Jewish leaders, admitted different parts of the Vatican administration had not talked enough to each other, and failed to check where problems could arise.
Bishop Williamson - who was ex-communicated 20 years ago on an unrelated matter - has apologised for stirring controversy, but not repudiated his views.