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Rome shocked by decision to close Vatican embassy

Dublin's decision to close the Irish embassy to the Vatican has come as a major shock in Rome. Vatican sources told Reuters: "Ireland is the first big Catholic country to do this." But Vatican spok

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Pope Benedict XVI: papal visit to Dublin unlikely. Photo: Getty

Dublin's decision to close the Irish embassy to the Vatican has come as a major shock in Rome. Vatican sources told Reuters: "Ireland is the first big Catholic country to do this."

But Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has reiterated that relations between Ireland and the Holy See are "not in question", and said that states were "free to decide" whether or not to have ambassadors to the Vatican resident in Rome.

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