Pope met French Vatican envoy nominee at center of gay speculation

April 22, 2015 12:59 PM

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Pope met French Vatican envoy nominee at center of gay speculation

PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Francis has held a private meeting with France's nominee as ambassador to the Holy See, the French government said on Wednesday in 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 Jan. 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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