Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pope refused to meet with Condi Rice

Pope getting into politics? Good idea, bad idea?
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Pope Benedict XVI refused to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice while she was on her way to the Middle East last month, according to reports from the Vatican.

Corriere della Sera says the Vatican rebuffed Rice, who "made it known to the Vatican that she absolutely had to meet the pope," because the Catholic leader was on vacation at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

AFP says the reply "'illustrated the divergence of view' between the Vatican and the White House about the 'initiatives of the Bush administration in the Middle East.'"

BBC News, which appears to have confirmed the Italian paper's story, says: "Instead of meeting the Pope, Ms Rice had to make do with a telephone conversation with the Vatican's number two, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was visiting the U.S. during August on other business."

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