The Italian Almanac

Bob Geldof

Italian News - june 25

The Pope won't be coming to Scotland's Live8 gig, after sending Bob Geldof a photograph in reply to his invitation. Geldof had visited the Vatican to ask Benedict XVI to come to Edinburgh on July 6

It seems Geldof was angry when the Pope sent him a bog-standard photograph. He wrote back saying, 'With all due respect, I don't need your photo - I just need you there.' Geldof is also hoping to get the Dali Lama, Dr Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to Scotland for the summit, so they can be around when the world leaders are there.

No one was available for comment at the Vatican.