Vatican, Rome - Making advance preparations for the passing of Fidel Castro, the communist and island dictator, Bush, in a private audience with the Pope, asked if the Holy See would be interested in "interceding" on behalf the Cuban peoples as a real estate broker in exchange for personally delivering "last rights" to Castro on his death bed.
It is estimated that the island has a virtual wealth of improperly exploited natural resources, not to mention the millions of miles of pristine beachfront property that can easily be converted into condominium timeshares for vacationing Canadians, Europeans and Michael Moore's 9/11 ground zero worker beachcombers.
"It will be a standard one-year listing 'contract," said a White House spokesperson. "Although we expect the to property to move faster than that, even in this 'sluggish' real estate market."
Although the amount of the "commission" was not disclosed, Vatican officials are seriously considering the deal as it would be would a windfall for the Vatican treasury, as the deal is estimated to be in the hundreds of billions, a "hit" with Vatican accountants.
An unknown blind trust syndicate will forward the earned commission to an offshore Cayman Islands bank account setup in the name of Vatican once the "Italian job" is complete, according to the "clauses, naturally."
"Of course, because the Catholic Church is still regarded a religious organization in the United States, under its current tax code, as it's written today, it cannot be taxed. Last I checked, anyways," continued the White House spokesperson, "So all proceeds will be tax free. Now that's a deal no one should refuse. Get my drift."
Vatican officials refused to comment at this time, although a 'special committee' has been setup to seriously consider the 'proposal', "We maybe in over our heads on this one," readily conceded a spokesperson for the Papacy's special committee.
"We may have to call in backup from some independent 'professional' tax consultants of our own, should we decide to refuse the offer," he continued. "Time to call the Sicilians."