Plans are reportedly afoot to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See to the grounds of the American embassy to Italy.
The move has yet to be publicly announced, but it looks set for completion by January 2015, according to an article by John Allen in the National Catholic Reporter.
Although the Obama administration is firmly denying it represents any kind of downgrade in U.S.-Vatican relations and is justifying it on grounds of security, locating both embassies on the same compound is rarely a good sign. All but three of the diplomatic missions to the Holy See in Rome are separate to embassies to Italy in order to respect the Vatican's sovereignty.
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