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New papal protocol for divorced heads-of-state

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis has changed the rules of Vatican protocol regarding meetings with the spouses of visiting Catholic heads-of-state who are divorced and remarried.

In the past, only the head-of-state was invited to the formal exchange of greetings. The spouse would only be met in private afterwards. The new protocol will see both invited to the formal greeting.


The first to be affected was Mauricio Macri, from Argentina, who was accompanied to the formal reception by his third wife, Juliana Awada.

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