At the beginning of his five-nation European tour, President Nixon had an audience with Pope Paul at the Vatican on Monday (28 September).
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Background: At the beginning of his five-nation European tour, President Nixon had an audience with Pope Paul at the Vatican on Monday (28 September). Both men made short statements on world peace.
The Pope told President Nixon that he hoped negotiations to end the Middle East crises would be taken up again speedily and effectively. He expressed the same wish for peace over the fighting in South -East Asia.
Mr. Nixon said that during his visit to the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, after the Vatican talks, he would see "the mightiest military force which exists in the world on an ocean ". On the other hand, he said, the Pope expressed a "different kind of power" which moved nations and men.
After their private talks they were joined by Mrs. Nixon. A communique issued later said the Pope had also called for more effective economic and technical effort to bring about human development corresponding to the real need, dignity and freedom of all people. The President renewed his assurance that the United States would support the Pope's aim.
After leaving the Vatican, President Nixon jumped from his car to shake hands with Italians who were greeting him with cries of "Riccardo, Riccardo". This warm welcome contrasted with anti-American demonstrations when the president left the city by helicopter.