I think this is my favorite image from the visit of President Bush to Pope Benedict in Rome this last week.
They are at the Lourdes Grotto at the top part of the Vatican Gardens behind the Basilica of St. Peter.
You can tell that His Holiness is explaining to the President of the United States the apparitions of Our Lady.
The coverage of this event was quite interesting. You can tell that journalists, the Holy See Press Office and the White House perhaps weren’t too sure how to talk about it. They used language like "special protocol". Essentially, they had to make this one up as they went.
My favorite strange comment from the visit was about how the Pope and the President heard a choir sing some motets. It was not a religious ceremony, which was important point of the strange comment, but it came out sounding bizarre in Italian. Pres. Bush and Benedict listened to motets, but "in modo laico". Weird. This "laico" refers to a separation of state and religion, which is a big deal in the Italian public square these days as the Church has begun to strengthen her influence and take a moe active role in the "piazza".