Pope congratulates Monaco princess on sports prowess
, Saturday 12 Jan 2013
Princess Charlene of Monaco presents a medal to David Rudisha of Kenya after he won the men's 800 metres race at the Monaco Diamond League meeting at Louis II stadium in Monaco July 22, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)
Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday congratulated Princess Charlene of Monaco on her sporting prowess as the former South African Olympic swimmer and her husband Prince Albert II visited the Vatican.
The glamour couple handed the pope a book and a painting linked to a Monaco ancestor, Cardinal Jerome Grimaldi (1595-1685), while the pope handed the prince a drawing of St Peter's basilica.
"Beautiful," the prince said, thanking the pope.
The Vatican said the 15-minute meeting included talks on "the Catholic Church's major contribution to the social life of the principality."