It was all smiles when the new papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles John Brown, presented his credentials to President Higgins last week and was introduced to the Tánaiste and foreign affairs minister, Éamon Gilmore.
Pleasantry was piled on platitude as the men observed the diplomatic protocol appropriate to such exchanges.
The nuncio assured the president that it was "Pope Benedict's fervent desire that I, as his representative, will do everything in my power...
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