A Funeral and Two Handshakes

A request to “show the ‘sign of peace'” at Pope John Paul II’s funeral has created awkward moments for at least a few dignitaries in attendance. A fuss has been raised over a Syrian report that Iranian President Mohammad Khatami had shaken hands with Israeli President Moshe Katsav. Another fuss has been raised as Prince Charles shook hands with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The Vatican arranged the seating.

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