Saturday, June 09, 2007
Duhbya was awed by the Pope "I was talking to a very smart, loving man"
When in Rome...
Pope addresses "worrying situation in Iraq" with Bush
by Mark Silva
VATICAN CITY: In weeklong travels through Europe, President Bush has promoted his vision of "a freedom agenda" and thanked allies for support with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but here at The Holy See, in his first audience with Pope Benedict XVI, the president was reminded that all is not well in the world.
The Vatican, describing the private meeting of the pope and president today as "cordial, said later that they had addressed "the international political situation" – including "the worrying situation in Iraq."
On the streets of Rome, battalions of police, some in riot gear, contained several thousand protesters, with the main boulevard leading to St. Peter's Basillica and the Vatican cordoned off.
A few quotes by Duhbya to the Pope:
"I've got a very strong AIDS initiative"
"These programs cannot be effective without loving people on the ground, helping a neighbor in need"
"I want to thank you for being a part of (this) international army of compassion"
The good news is that Bush didn't tell us "I looked the man in the eye and I seen his soul."