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Bush Meets with Pope at the Vatican

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Bush Meets with Pope at the Vatican

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Bush Meets with Pope at the Vatican

Bush Meets with Pope at the Vatican

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In a meeting with President Bush at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II, a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, calls for a speedy return to Iraqi sovereignty. Bush presented the pontiff with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award. Bush later met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a staunch supporter of the war. Hear NPR's Don Gonyea.