Normally when the Pope meets a head of state, there is a special protocol to be followed. The same goes for when the President meets with a head of state.
When Pope Benedict came to the USA, he received very special treatment at the White House. Yes, it was his 80th birthday, but it was indeed special.
Now, Pres. Bush has received very special treatment for his visit to Pope Benedict.
The President and Pope Benedict spent some time walking in the Vatican Gardens.
Of course Pope Benedict spends some time walking everyday, for his health. But this time I don’t think he was simply multitasking.
I usually am not subject to the usual rumor rumbling of the Italian press, but it strikes me that something is up.