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You're wrong, Mr Gilmore – Church's interest in charity is nothing new

Published 24/01/2014 | 02:30

Pope Francis looks up as he talks during a pastoral visit at the Sacro Cuore Basilica in downtown Rome January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis looks up as he talks during a pastoral visit at the Sacro Cuore Basilica in downtown Rome January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis looks up as he talks during a pastoral visit at the Sacro Cuore Basilica in downtown Rome

We shouldn't get hung up one way or the other on whether the Government's decision to reopen our embassy to the Holy See was a 'U-turn'. What matters is that they have reopened it.

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What's interesting is that the decision to close it caused such a backlash in the first place even among politicians who are often very critical of the church.

When Ireland StandUp established itself to fight for the reopening of the embassy, they organised a petition and a meeting in Buswells hotel across the road from Leinster House. Lots of politicians from across the political spectrum turned up to offer their support.

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