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Blair explains lifting UK's 'stupid' ban on Catholic envoy to Holy See

February 15, 2010

In an interview recorded for broadcast on BBC, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has discussed his decision to end a 88-year-old policy barring the appointment of a Catholic as ambassador to the Holy See. Blair named Francis Campbell to the Vatican post in 2005 after concluding that the old policy was "stupid" and "ridiculous," he said. Blair himself entered the Catholic Church after resigning his post as the government leader.


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