GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 19, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI received in audience today Spanish Infanta Cristina de Borbón, second daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, accompanied by her husband, Duke Iñaki Urdangarín.
The news of the Pope's meeting with the couple was announced by the Vatican press office, which gave no further details.
The meeting took place in the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Rome.
The Spanish embassy to the Holy See confirmed that the audience was of a "private nature," and that the Dukes of Palma were accompanied by Ambassador Francisco Vázquez.
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