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  Lipinski mentioned as next Vatican envoy
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Last EditedRP  Jan 10, 2013 05:51pm
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AuthorManya A. Brachear
MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateThursday, January 10, 2013 03:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAs President Barack Obama tries to avoid fallout from his Cabinet and national security nominations, one potentially controversial post remains vacant.

Amid tension with America's Roman Catholic leaders about a health care mandate that requires religious employers to provide insurance coverage of contraceptives for employees, Obama must find an ambassador to the Holy See who would please the pope as well as his own political supporters.

Allen said Vatican diplomats have their sights set on a number of Catholic scholars and politicians, including an Illinoisan: U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a socially conservative Democrat who opposes abortion rights and the health care mandate.

In an interview, Lipinski told the Tribune he has not been offered the job but would welcome consideration.
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