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One of former President George W. Bush's top financial donors has close ties to the construction company picked to build the presidential library at SMU, Bush officials have confirmed.
Francis Rooney , majority owner of Manhattan Construction Co., served as Bush's ambassador to the Vatican from 2005 to 2008 and was named a Ranger and a Super Ranger for his fundraising role in the Bush presidential campaigns.
Pope Benedict XVI took President Bush on a rare stroll through the lush grounds of the Vatican Gardens on Friday, stopping at a grotto where the pontiff prays daily.
After the Western Christian conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade, it became a religious/military order under its own charter, and was charged with the care and defense of the Holy Land.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Not meaning to be cynical or disrespectful of the order, but I had gotten the impression that now (as opposed to during the Crusades) all it takes to become a Knight of Malta is an overtly generous financial commitment to the Vatican....