Vatican Diaries Obama May Have to Cut Israel Trip Short Due to Pope Installation

There is no law requiring a head of state to appear at the papal installation, but the insult perceived if an American is elected pope could cause a diplomatic incident; Obama may be forced to offend either millions of Jews or a billion Catholics.

ROME - U.S. President Barack Obama's scheduled visit to Israel next week may be drastically disrupted by the expected installment of a new pope in the Vatican at the same time.