Monday 24 July 2017

Vatican exit

•The Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) is surprised and disappointed with the Government's decision to close the embassy to the Holy See. We ask the Government to reconsider this decision, for which no reasonable justification has been offered.

An embassy exists in the first place, not for economic or market reasons, but to keep the Government in the home country informed on issues and secondly to cultivate good relations with the host country and other serving diplomats stationed in that country.

Last week, Russia raised its embassy to the Vatican to ambassadorial level.

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