Rome, Jun. 2, 2008 (CWNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) will not hold private meetings with any of the heads of state who are in Rome this week for a meeting of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), informed sources at the Vatican report.
By avoiding all meetings with visiting world leaders, the Vatican could sidestep diplomatic pressure for a papal audience with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian government has confirmed that Iran’s ambassador to the Holy See, Mohammad Javad Faridzadeh, had requested a papal audience for Ahmadinejad. For several days before that formal request, Iranian diplomats had been energetic in suggesting that Ahmadinejad would like to speak with the Pontiff.
How many people in the Vatican do you know that have the name Mohammad?