Panetta Visits Vatican City, Italian Officials

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrives in Rome, Jan. 15, 2013. Panetta is on a six-day trip to Europe to visit with defense counterparts and troops.  
 DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, speaks briefly with Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience at the Vatican in Vatican City, Jan. 16, 2013. The pontiff thanked Panetta for helping to protect the world.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, not shown, attends an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, second from right, in Vatican City, Jan. 16, 2013.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, not shown, attends an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, center, in Vatican City, Jan. 16, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta participates in an honors ceremony with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, conducts a pass and review during an honors ceremony with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, and Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola share a laugh after a meeting in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, holds a joint press conference with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, and Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola walk by a saluting Italian soldier after a meeting in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, center left, and Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola lay a wreath on the Altare della Patria at the Vittorio Emanuele Monument in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lays a wreath on the Altare della Patria at the Vittorio Emanuele Monument in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pauses for a moment of silence after placing a wreath on the Altare della Patria at the Vittorio Emanuele Monument in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, and Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola walk down the staircase at the Vittorio Emanuele Monument after laying a wreath on the Altare della Patria in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, shakes hands with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, center right, meets with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Foreign Affairs Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’ Agata in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, meets with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, stands with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. D0D photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, not shown, meets with Italian counterparts in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, second from right, meets with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, holds a joint press conference with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta holds a press roundtable in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. Panetta is on a six-day trip to Europe to visit with defense counterparts and troops. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta holds a press roundtable in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta presents Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola with a statue after a meeting in Rome, Jan. 16, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, center, poses for a photo with Italian carabinieri or military police before departing Rome, Jan. 17, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta waves goodbye upon his departure from Rome, Jan. 17, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo