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Anything that threatens one building would also threaten the other, so perhaps "safety" is a less than honest way of saying "cheaper".
Why the hell do we have an embassy in the Vatican in the first place?
I just found this article on the BBC that not even the Pope wants to stay at the Vatican anymore.
Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role. In the document, he says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy. He also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflict.
Having a diplomatic US presence in the Vatican puts the whole Vatican at risk, so he is correct in stating that it is unsafe.
Why does America need a embassy to a church? Without religion the Vatican wouldn't exist so why should we be doing anything diplomatically?
The Vatican is a country. And it's not 'unsafe'.
Vatican City Information
I think this is very big news!
I think this feeds the thought that many have in regards to Obama .... everything he does downplays Christianity while at the same time everything he does protects and advances Islam. This is just one more piece of evidence to that thought. And closing the Vatican embassy is a pretty BIG thing!
The Vatican is the representative of a church.
The Vatican meets all 8 criteria to be labeled a country.
All About Geography
It has it's own embassy staff. Many (most?) countries in the world have Vatican embassies.
The Vatican is notoriously Anti-America.
I don't want any of my taxes going to the catholic church....
and without even doing research, I'll bet the US was paying something to the church for that embassy
The Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See (or Embassy Vatican for short) is the American diplomatic mission to the Holy See (a term referring to the central government and universal reach of the Roman Catholic Church). The embassy is located on Aventine Hill in the Villa Domiziana in Rome, Italy, which was built as a private residence in 1953. In 1994 the United States government acquired the property as the new chancery for the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.
we have enough religion in our government already.
reply to post by MrSpad
I agree, how big would the place have to be in order to conduct its affairs?
On the flipside, how big a building does the Vatican equivalent person (Apostolic Nunciature?) have to be?
Answer: Very big..... now I think the images of the building are under some reproduction guidelines of the image, so take a look, address is 3339 Massachusetts Ave in Washington. Looks a big old house for a cardinal to live in.
The diplomatic relationship between the two parties is 30 years old in January 2014, guess they will have to rent out a village hall for the celebrations if the official building is closed down.