BBC reports that the Pope has given Condoleeze Rice the cold shoulder, refusing her recent request for a meeting to discuss the Middle East and Iraq.
Pope Benedict XVI is said to be miffed with the Bush regime. Apparently Rice and Bush snubbed a papal envoy sent from Rome prior to the invasion of Iraq saying they weren't interested in the views of the late pope about the immorality of their planned war. The Vatican is also displeased at the Americans' failure to protect Iraq Christians.
Instead of a sit down chin wag with the Big Hat, Rice had to settle for a phone call with his number two guy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.