Sunday 18 February 2018

John Cooney: Ball is back in Rome's court as politicians await papal response

Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza (right)
Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza (right)

A FAST-moving game of 'Vatican roulette' switched dramatically to Rome yesterday after last week's unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and a unified self-proclaiming 'republican' Dail.

After taking the early morning Aer Lingus flight to Rome, Giuseppe Leanza, the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, was back inside the corridors of the Apostolic Palace. He had been recalled home on a summons.

Archbishop Leanza's rapid recall was ordered over the weekend by the Pope's prime minister, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, after he was briefed of the attack by Mr Kenny.

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