Thursday, February 09, 2006

First Lady meets First Servant

Mrs. Bush and her daughter Barbara (left) are dressed for the occasion as they meet with the Holy Father.

Feb. 08 ( - Laura Bush, the wife of US President George W. Bush, will meet privately with Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) on Thursday, February 9.

The meeting-- the first encounter between the American "first lady" and Pope Benedict-- is scheduled to last about 20 minutes, Vatican sources say. Mrs. Bush, who will be accompanied by her daughter Barbara, was last at the Vatican for the funeral of Pope John Paul II (bio - news) in April 2005. Because she herself holds no government office, her visit with the Pope will be a private audience, without the traditional exchange of gifts and public statements that are reserved for papal meetings with visiting political leaders

Read the complete article US First Lady to meet Pope from Catholic World News.

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