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    Vatican Defends Criticism of Irish Vote 

    Objection sustained. A Vatican spokesman confirmed the Holy See is standing by comments from Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, who called Ireland’s historic referendum on same sex marriage a “disaster for humanity.” Father Federico Lombardi said the public shouldn’t hold their breath for further elaboration from Cardinal Parolin as it would risk further misunderstanding between the Vatican and Irish citizens. Pope Francis has yet to publicly address Ireland’s vote but insiders say he’ll likely continue outreach efforts with the gay community while standing firm on Church opposition to marriage equality.

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