Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Nixon Can Go to China, But Condi Can't Go to the Vatican --
Well, technically, the Castelgandolfo, according to the BBC.


Senior Vatican sources told the BBC the Pope does not normally receive politicians on his annual holiday at the Castelgandolfo residence near Rome.

But one leading Italian newspaper said it was an evident snub by the Vatican towards the Bush administration.


Reading between the lines, I would guess that the pope would receive a politician if there was a sufficiently important matter to discuss and that there is no way Rice could possibly have anything worth discussing.

I wonder which Vatican sources disclosed this information. The clear intent is that it be perceived as a "snub," whether or not it actually was one.
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