Da Vinci Code author, Dan Brown, says he would like to meet Pope Benedict but has not sought an audience in order not to embarrass the pontiff, an Italian paper says.
Interviewed by La Repubblica to mark the publication in Italy of his latest novel, The Lost Symbol, Mr Brown said even Opus Dei had understood that the Da Vinci Code was "only a novel", The Times Online reports.
Asked it was true he had sought a papal audience, Mr Brown said that to ask to meet the Pope would be impolite and would only "embarrass" the pontiff.
"He might receive me while thinking he should not do so," he said. But if invited to Rome he would "jump on a plane. Certainly there are many things we would not agree on, but that does not matter."
Dan Brown: I want to meet the Pope (Times Online)