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February 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The bishop whose denials of the Holocaust embarrassed the Vatican was ordered to leave Argentina within 10 days.

The Interior Ministry said it had ordered Richard Williamson out of Argentina because he had failed to declare his true job as director of a seminary, and because his comments on the Holocaust "profoundly insult Argentine society, the Jewish community and all of humanity."

Williamson's views created an uproar last month when Pope Benedict XVI lifted his excommunication and that of three other ultraconservative bishops.

The flap led the Vatican to demand that the British clergyman recant. It also prompted the Society of St. Pius X to dismiss Williamson as director of the La Reja seminary.

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