.- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has decided to skip a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in order to rest for his final individual race in the FINA World Championships.
CNA had reported that Michael Phelps would be among the approximately 100 swimmers to be met by Pope Benedict on Saturday at the pontiffâs summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.
According to the Associated Press, Phelpsâ coach Bob Bowman said the athlete will be resting after three races Friday and will have the final of the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday night.
Michael Phelpsâ Facebook profile reports âNo Answerâ for his religion. His MySpace page describes him as âChristian-other.â