Pope Met French Vatican Envoy Nominee at Center of Gay Speculation

The French government said on Wednesday Pope Francis has held a private meeting with France's nominee as ambassador to the Holy See. It's the latest twist in a months-long stand-off over the Vatican's failure to confirm his posting. Paris nominated the government's head of protocol, Laurent Stefanini, for the post on January 5 but has still not heard back from the Vatican - a delay that French and Italian media have said is due to his homosexuality.

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