Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Pope meets with top Berlusconi advisor

Catholic Culture-News Briefs
September 08, 2009

Amid recent tension between the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Italian bishops’ newspaper, Pope Benedict took time from his schedule during his pastoral visitation to Viterbo to meet with Gianni Letta, the prime minister’s undersecretary from 2001 to 2006. “My smile says it all. I’m happy and serene,” said Letta after the meeting.

Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

Pope meets Berlusconi aide amid scandal fallout (AP)

Gianni Letta (Wikipedia)

Berlusconi says relations with Church are excellent, but Catholic support ebbs (CWN, Sep 7)

See also from the Sydney Morning Herald, "I'll prove I'm pro-Vatican, says Berlusconi"


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