Vatican accused of rejecting new French ambassador because he is openly gay
Pope Francis speaks during the annual Christmas mass at the Vatican on Dec. 24, 2014 [AFP]

The Vatican is facing accusations of homophobia after failing to deny claims that France's new choice of ambassador to the Holy See has effectively been rejected because of his sexuality. Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay diplomat at the centre of the row, was nominated as ambassador to the Vatican by France's council of ministers on 5…