VATICAN CITY — The large motorcade crept along the tree-lined road shortly before 11 a.m., and pulled up in front of the medieval St. John’s Tower in the Vatican Gardens. On stepping out of his black limousine, President Bush opened his arms to greet Pope Benedict XVI, but held back from hugging him and shook his hand instead. "It’s an honor," said the Pope as he greeted the president June 13, 2008 on Bush’s fifth and probably last visit to the Vatican as president. "It is such an honor, such an honor," replied Bush.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Looking into Pope Benedict XVI's eyes as she genuflected in front of him during his visit to the former World Trade Center site, Julie Malik knew the pope understood what she had experienced on a disastrous September morning more than six years ago. "I remember thinking, 'You're here. You're here to help us. You took your time to understand,'" Malik said of the April 20 meeting. Malik, 57, was one of four survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in lower Manhattan who met the pontiff during his visit to ground zero. Four rescue workers and 16 people who lost family members in the disaster also met the pope at the site.
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