So our president just met with the Pope and they exchanged gifts. Here’s the account from the New York Times, with an unusual and funny mistake:
The two men, as is traditional in such visits, traded gifts. The pope presented the president with an etching of St. Peter’s Square from the 17th century and a gold papal medallion. The president gave the pope a white walking stick made by a former homeless man turned artist from Texas, covered with the 10 commandments in multiple colors.
The pope double-checked with the president what was written on the stick.
“The 10 commandments, sir,” the pope said. He did not use the normal honorific of “Your Holiness.”
(Is Bush now insisting on this honorific?)