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Fox Announces Bush Trip to Vatican City

Reported by Ellen - April 4, 2005

While most of the coverage on today's Studio B with Shepard Smith was on Pope John II's death and viewing, Fox announced the President's plans to travel to Vatican City.

It was announced that the president would travel to Vatican City from Washington on Wednesday with Mrs. Bush. Right now, they said, it looked like a contingency of five. Being that the Pope's funeral is on Friday, this seemed rather early to arrive. This was explained by announcing that on Thursday, President Bush would take the opportunity to have meetings, one on one, with other world leaders.

Fox then switched to a clip of the President at a news conference being asked, "How much consideration did you give the Pope's opposition to the war in Iraq?" The president, as usual, didn't answer the question directly. He said, "He spoke mostly to morality. He was a man of peace. He didn't like war. I fully understood that (comment: apparently not). I appreciated the conversation I had with the Holy Father on the subject".

Comment: Actually, Catholic Doctrine is 'not' against all wars. Apparently, George Bush gave Pope John II 'no' consideration when it came to the war in Iraq. It was also odd to see that the President is using the Pope's funeral as an excuse to meet with other world leaders. Does he see himself as some sort of new 'religious leader' of the world and does he think he is projecting this by having the meetings during the mourning time for the Pope? Why is he receiving world leaders on a one on one basis at this time? Isn't there a better time for this?

Reported by: Donna

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