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Israeli journalist sees nuncio’s appointment as an insult

August 23, 2012

An Israeli journalist has complained that the appointment of Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as apostolic nuncio is an insult to the state of Israel.

Menachim Gantz of Yediot Ahronoth argues that Archbishop Lazzarotto should be viewed with suspicion because in 2008, while serving as apostolic nuncio in Ireland, he was roundly criticized for failing to respond to queries from an independent commission investigating sex-abuse complaints. The archbishop explained at the time that any questions should be submitted to the Holy See through proper diplomatic channels. His stand drew sharp criticism from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, precipitating a heated diplomatic conflict between Dublin and Rome.


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