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Holy See responds to Ireland’s decision to close embassy

Catholic World News - November 04, 2011

The Holy See Press Office has issued a statement responding to Ireland’s decision to close its embassy at the Vatican.

“The Holy See takes note of the decision of Ireland to close its Embassy to the Holy See in Rome,” said Father Federico Lombardi. “Naturally, every state that has diplomatic relations with the Holy See is free to decide, on the basis of its possibilities and its interests, whether to have an Ambassador to the Holy See resident in Rome or in another country. What’s important are the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the states, and these are not in question with regard to Ireland.”

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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Nov. 05, 2011 1:07 PM ET USA

    The Holy See's response is another example of having its ecclesiastical head stuck in the sand. The church might think this isn't a big deal, but the impact of this very Catholic country drawing back from the Vatican is huge. I believe it will be centuries before the church recovers and I shudder to think of the souls that might be lost as a result of the church's failure to act expeditiously.

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