Bush reflects on his meeting with pope

President George W. Bush speaks at the 5th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held in Washington April 18. (CNS/Joshua Roberts)Even President George W. Bush, who is accustomed to meeting with world leaders on the world’s biggest stages for the seven-plus years of his presidency, was humbled when he met with Pope Benedict XVI in the Oval Office this week.

Speaking to 2,000 guests at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning, Bush talked about the short private meeting in the Oval Office with the pope and the welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House and how much it meant to him. He was speaking even as the pope was leaving Washington for the short flight to New York City.

“This has been a joyous week,” he said to a loud round of applause. “It’s been a joyous time for Catholics, and it wasn’t such a bad week for Methodists either,” he added to laughs.

Bush is a Methodist.

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