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Vatican spokesman: German bishops didn’t snub Pope

October 13, 2011

The director of the Holy See Press Office has dismissed some Catholic bloggers’ claims that a number of German bishops deliberately snubbed Pope Benedict XVI, refusing to shake his hand, during the Pontiff’s September visit to their country.

“The interpretation given to that video that the German bishops were disrespectful to the Pope is absolutely unfounded,” said Father Federico Lombardi. “The Pope was introducing his entourage—not the German bishops—to the German president at his residency.”

“An interpretation of the video that accuses the German bishops of disrespecting the Pope is too senseless to warrant further comment,” he added.


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