France and Vatican reach stalemate over approval of 'gay' envoy

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For nine months the Vatican has failed to approve Laurent Stefanini, President Hollande's protocol chief, as next French ambassador to Holy See.

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The Vatican took exceptional steps to clarify Pope Francis’ message on homosexuality after it became known recently that he had met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage. It issued a statement making clear that the meeting was not an endorsementof her views. Now, the Vatican’s stance on homosexuality has moved to the center of a long-building diplomatic standoff with France, though this time, it seems, clarity is not of the order, reports The New York Times.