VATICAN CITY, FEB. 10, 2009 ( The rift in Vatican-Jewish relations that followed the Vatican's move to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop may be coming to an end, according to the World Jewish Congress.

The international organization, which represents 100 Jewish communities throughout the world, held talks in Rome on Monday with Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews.

The delegation visited Rome to discuss the lifting of excommunication of four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, including Bishop Richard Williamson, who was seen in an interview for Swedish television denying the gassing of 6 million Jews at about the same time that his excommunication was lifted.

The bishops, including the current superior-general of the Society of St. Pius X, were excommunicated in 1988 when they received episcopal ordination illicitly at the hands of Marcel Lefebvre, who ordained them without papal permission.

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