Thursday, May 11, 2006
Because Chavez has clashed frequently with the Venezuelan bishops, his visit to the Vatican was heavily anticipated. His private talk with the Pontiff was unusually long-- 35 minutes, as opposed to the 20 minutes that Pope Benedict usually allows for visitors-- and even the formal reception and exchange of gifts became the occasion for some political theater.
35 minuites! Intense. But I like the comments on the bottom the best.
Next thing you know, Chavez will be on Venezuelan TV claiming that the Pope is planning to send in an invasion force of Swiss Guards.