Bush to Visit Vatican in June

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 16, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will receive in audience for the first time U.S. President George Bush in June, a Vatican official said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said Saturday that Bush will visit the Pope on June 9 or 10, after participating in the G8 meeting in Germany from June 6 to 8.

Bush, together with his wife Laura, met Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then dean of the College of Cardinals, on the occasion of the funeral for Pope John Paul II in April 2005.

Laura Bush was received in a private audience by Benedict XVI in February 2006 while she was passing through Rome.

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