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Five Protestant groups plan to sue over envoy for Vatican

Four Protestant denominations and the National Association of Evangelicals plan a lawsuit challenging the sending of a US ambassador to the Vatican. The groups involved - the Presbyterian Church (USA), the American Baptist Churches, the Church of the Brethren, and the black Progressive National Baptist Convention - say that diplomatic recognition of the Vatican favors ''one religion over others,'' violating the principle of separation of church and state.

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