Thursday, November 28, 2013
US to relocate its Vatican embassy to Rome (VIDEO)
Pope Francis attack on US about drones and blaming world poverty on Wall Street makes US move it's Embassy out of Vatican? (VIDEO)
Is the US showing it's displeasure with Pope Francis the reason for moving US Embassy out of the Vatican? (VIDEO)
Citing security concerns and cost savings, the State Department announced the United States is closing its embassy in the Vatican City, and will relocate it to a building on the compound of the American Embassy to Italy in Rome.
Vatican City is a sovereign city-state within the city of Rome.
The relocation will save an estimated $1.4 million per year, the State Department said. Critics, including former US representatives to the Holy See, say that it's important for countries to maintain separate embassies to the Vatican and to Rome.
The announcement comes at the same time as the new pope, Pope Francis, criticized the free-market economy and trickle-down economics of the US.
RT's Ameera David dives deeper into the meaning of the embassy realignment with Jimmy Akin, the senior apologist for Catholic.com.