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No time for the Pope

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 30, 2013

If you are less than 38 years old, only one US president in your lifetime has allowed a full 4-year term to lapse without having his Secretary of State visit the Pope.

Or put it this way: Since 1974 only one Secretary of State (acting/deputy secretaries don’t count) has not made time to meet with the Roman Pontiff.

Betcha can’t guess.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 31, 2013 4:44 PM ET USA

    It's a blessing. Just imagine if there were photos of Pius XII having tea with, say, Hermann Göring, Joe Goebbels, or Lavrentiy Beria. Who would want that photo hanging around? I can imagine what the NYT would do with it. Why would any Catholic want to see Pope Benedict's memory embarrassed some day in the future by a photo with Hilary What's-her-name?

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 30, 2013 6:07 PM ET USA

    I'll bet the pope is thankful, too.

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