Church officials welcome plan to reopen Irish Vatican Embassy

Senior Vatican figure says move marks ‘end of painful period in Irish-Holy See relations

Crowds gather at  St Peter’s Square in the Vatican at the weekend.   One senior Vatican figure has said the reopening of an Irish Embassy to the Holy See will  mark “the end of a painful period” in relations. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Crowds gather at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican at the weekend. One senior Vatican figure has said the reopening of an Irish Embassy to the Holy See will mark “the end of a painful period” in relations. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

The announcement that the Government intends to reopen the Irish Embassy to the Holy See in Rome has been greeted with immediate satisfaction by Vatican officials.

One senior Vatican figure said the reopening will mark “the end of a painful period” in Ireland’s relations with the Holy See.

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