Saturday, June 14, 2008

George Bush to Become a Catholic

Washington Times
14 June 2008

Italians speculate Bush to convert
Garden talks at Holy See rare


ROME -- President Bush received an unprecedented welcome Friday from Pope Benedict XVI in the tranquil Vatican Gardens in a break with protocol that fueled speculation in Italian newspapers that the U.S. leader may be considering converting to Roman Catholicism. [...]

"The rosy legend of a possible conversion of Bush to Catholicism has started to circulate," wrote Marco Politi, the respected Vatican correspondent of La Repubblica newspaper, noting that the president's brother Jeb converted to Roman Catholicism as has former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

La Repubblica headlined its report "The mystery of the conversion during the visit to the pope."

The leading Corriere della Sera of Milan newspaper noted that the apostolic nuncio, or the Vatican's ambassador, in Washington, Pietro Sambi, may have hinted at a possible conversion when talking about the conversations the pope held with Mr. Bush in the United States in April. [...]

The Independent [UK]
14 June 2008

Bush 'may convert to Catholicism'

By Peter Popham in Rome

President George Bush was given such a splendid welcome by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday that rumours started flying that the President, like Tony Blair before him, was on the verge of converting to Catholicism. [...]