Vatican holy row rumbles on

Embassy closure was 'buried' in a cabinet memo that dealt with ambassadorial appointments, writes Political Editor Pat Leahy.

19th February, 2012
Vatican holy row rumbles on
President Michael D Higgins, Éamon Gilmore and Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio, pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin, where he presented his credentials to the president. Photo: Photocall

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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