이탈리아 로마를 방문중인 조지 부시 미국 대통령이 오늘(9일) 바티칸에서 교황 베네딕트 16세를 만났습니다.
부시 대통령이 베네딕트 16세를 단독 접견한 것은 이번이 처음입니다. 베네딕트 16세는 부시 대통령에게 아프리카의 빈곤 문제와 HIV, ADIS 퇴치 노력 등 최근 폐막된 주요 8개국 정상회의(G-8)에서 제기된 현안들에 관해 질문했습니다.
베네딕트 16세와 부시 대통령은 또 비공개 회담에서 타계한 전 교황 요한 바오로 2세가 강력히 반대했던 이라크 전쟁 등에 관해 논의한 것으로 알려졌습니다.
부시 대통령과 로라 부시 여사는 앞서 지오르지오 나폴리타노 대통령의 집무실을 잠시 방문해 환담을 나눴습니다.
부시 대통령은 오늘(9일) 늦게 로마노 프로디 이탈리아 총리는 만나 아프가니스탄과 레바논, 이란, 발칸반도와 코스보 문제 등에 관해 논의할 예정입니다.
President Bush held talks with Pope Benedict at the Vatican today (Saturday) as part of his visit to Rome.
The U.S. president's audience with the pontiff was his first since the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope in 2005. Pope Benedict asked Mr. Bush about the outcome of the recent G8 summit, including discussions on Africa and HIV/AIDS relief efforts.
In private talks, the two men were also expected to discuss the war in Iraq, which was strongly opposed Benedict's predecessor, the late John Paul the Second.
Mr. Bush and his wife Laura began the day with a brief visit with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at his official residence.
Mr. Bush will meet with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi later today for talks expected to focus on Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, the Balkans and Kosovo.
Thousands of security officers are on duty in the Italian capital in advance of expected anti-Bush demonstrations.
Trainloads of people from across Italy are arriving in Rome for a protest against the continuing presence of U.S. forces in Iraq and Italy's troop deployment in Afghanistan.
Authorities had to reschedule Mr. Bush's meeting with a prominent Catholic lay organization due to logistical concerns. He was originally set to meet with members of the Sant'Egidio Community at the city's Trastevere district, but it was moved to the U.S. Embassy.
Mr. Bush flies to Albania Sunday to meet with officials in the capital, Tirana, then travel to Bulgaria for meetings Monday before returning to Washington.