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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10, 2009 in the Vatican City, Italy.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Pope Benedict XVI during a private audience at the Vatican, March, 13, 2007.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting at the Vatican on June 8, 2012.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas exchanges gifts with Pope Benedict XVI during their meeting in the Pontiff's private library at the Vatican, April 24, 2007. The two men hailed moves to revive the Middle East peace process, a Vatican statement said.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI meets with Lebanon's President, Michel Sleiman, at his private library, Nov. 23, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The meeting comes ahead of the nomination of a new Lebanese cardinal, a move considered by observers as a sign of Vatican support for religious diversity in Lebanon.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara during a private audience, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Vatican.
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    Pope Benedict XVI chats with Brazil's President Luiz Inacio da Silva as he arrives at the Sao Paulo airport, May 9, 2007, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The pope is on a five-day visit to Brazil.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI talks with The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, as they walk through his official residence, Lambeth Palace, in central London, Sept. 17, 2010.
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  • World Leaders Meet Pope Benedict XVI

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Pope Benedict XVI, June 30, 2009 in Vatican City. Harper would be the fifth leader of a nation to visit with the Pope after attending the G8 summit in L'Aquila.
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    Pope Benedict XVI greets Israeli President Moshe Katzav during a meeting at his private library, Nov. 17, 2005, in Vatican City. This is the first visit by an Israeli leader to the Vatican.
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    Pope Benedict XVI meets with President George W. Bush at his private library, June 9, 2007 in Vatican City. Bush is likely to discuss issues including abortion and the war in Iraq, which the Pope openly criticized in his Easter message.
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    Pope Benedict XVI meets the President of Egypt Mohamed Hosni Mubarak at his private library, March 13, 2006, in Vatican City. Mubarak is the most prominent Arab leader to visit Europe after the recent Muslim anger over the European cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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    Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron at Archbishop's House, near Westminster Cathedral on the third day of his state visit on Sept. 18, 2010 in London. Pope Benedict XVI is conducting the first state visit to the UK by a Pontiff.
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