Published January 14, 2015
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi had his first meeting Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI since the Italian leader was implicated in a sex scandal that broke last spring.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi says the pope spoke briefly with Berlusconi on Saturday at Rome's Ciampino Airport. Lombardi says the two talked for two or three minutes as aides stood nearby, and he emphasized that "this was not a private meeting."
Berlusconi flew in from the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, and he waited at the airport for the pope to arrive for a flight to the Czech Republic.
Lombardi says he assumes the two exchanged pleasantries. Further details of their conversation were unavailable.
Berlusconi, who has said he is "no saint," has denied ever paying anyone for sex and is not under investigation in the scandal.