A postscript to Malia and Sasha’s Vatican visit

VATICAN CITY — While neither the Vatican nor the White House released photographs of Pope Benedict XVI with Malia and Sasha Obama, the Vatican newspaper published a couple more details about their Vatican visit.


Michelangelo's Last Judgment (CNS)

While their father was meeting privately with Pope Benedict, the girls and their mother were greeted by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.

The newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said Cardinal Bertone gave Sasha, 7, a puzzle of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel and Malia, 10, a Vatican Museums watch. In addition, he gave both girls a cap with Pope Benedict’s coat of arms on it.

While there are no public photos of the girls inside the Apostolic Palace, photographers did get a glimpse of Sasha’s bare feet while she was waiting for her parents to finish up their meeting with the pope and a photo of the whole family boarding Air Force One to Ghana immediately after the meeting.

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