Friday, June 13, 2008

Pope lays on special Vatican welcome for Bush

Pope lays on special Vatican welcome for Bush
Jun 13 06:21 AM US/Eastern

US President George W. Bush arrived on Friday for a special audience with Pope Benedict XVI, who is returning the hospitality he enjoyed at the White House in April.

Swiss Guards in their striped regalia stood to attention as Bush stepped out of a black limousine with his wife Laura and was warmly greeted by the head of the Roman Catholic Church outside the medieval St John's Tower.

The US leader could be heard exclaiming "what an honour" as he clasped the pontiff's hands in his.

US Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon, a Catholic, kissed the pontiff's hand.

Bush and the pope then went into a tete-a-tete in the tower, a venue reserved for illustrious guests instead of the usual site for papal audiences, the pontiff's private library.


1 comment:

Lounge Daddy said...

Yes! I thought that was wonderful.

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