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Pope Francis ordered his ambassadors to toe the line on Thursday by telling them not to blog about him or openly criticize his policies.
In a document handed to more than 100 ambassadors in Rome for meetings with top Vatican officials, Francis told the envoys that they had to 'live for the things of God and not for those of the world'.
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Francis told envoys they may have reservations about papal policy but they don't represent themselves and can't 'criticize the pope behind his back, have blogs or join groups hostile to him.'
The Vatican is a sovereign state as well as the headquarters of the 1.3-billion-member Roman Catholic Church, and it has diplomatic relations with more than 180 countries.
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Its ambassadors, known as nuncios, are often the highest ranking and most visible diplomats in a given country.
As the Church under Francis has become more polarised, some nuncios have taken to social media to criticise directly some of the pope's decisions or draw attention to criticism by conservative groups.
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In recent years, some nuncios or other Vatican diplomats have also been mired in scandal.
The nuncio in France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, is under...
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