Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pope Benedict brings new style to Vatican

Thu Aug 24, 2006 09:45 AM BST
By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - "You must know everything about this place," Pope Benedict said.

"Not as much as I would like to, Your Holiness," I replied.

It was June 17, 2005 and I was one of two journalists present in the papal apartments in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace to cover a visit by the president of Slovakia as a "pool reporter" for the Vatican press corps.

It was my first time under the new papacy, then little more than two months old. Under John Paul, I had been in that same room with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Nelson Mandela.


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