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Pope blocks the nomination of new French ambassador to Vatican who is gay

Paris, Apr 11, (RHC), – The Pope has reportedly barred the nomination of a close aide of President François Hollande as new French ambassador to the Vatican because he is gay.

The apparent rejection calls into question the Pontiff's reputation as holding more liberal views on homosexuality.

Laurent Stefanini (54), a senior diplomat and Mr Hollande's chief of protocol, was nominated in early January but the Vatican had maintained a stony silence over whether it accepts his credentials, officials in Paris said.

Edited by Ivan Martínez
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