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Obama Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican: VIDEO


President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time today at the Vatican, in a meeting that lasted 52 minutes. The NYT reports:

In a three-paragraph communiqué released on Thursday afternoon, the Vatican described as “cordial” the meetings between Mr. Obama and Francis, as well as a later meeting among the president, his aides and other top Vatican officials. The discussions touched on “current international themes,” according to the statement, as the Vatican also expressed hope for respect for humanitarian and international law in “areas of conflict.” Immigration reform was discussed, while both sides shared a “common commitment” to fighting human trafficking.

As expected, the Vatican communiqué also alluded to the ongoing dispute between American bishops and the Obama administration over provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the mandate that for-profit corporations must provide contraception coverage in health care plans. American bishops argue that the mandate is a violation of religious freedom. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the mandate.

In the communiqué, the Vatican noted that discussions were held on questions of particular relevance for the Church, including “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection.”

Watch scenes from their meeting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And did Obama raise his concerns about Frank and the cult's hatred of women, children and gay people.

    Frankie is a disgusting bigot who is better at PR than his predecessor.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 27, 2014 11:34:30 AM

  2. Obama SHOULD have asked him who the cocaine the German Customs peoples intercepted, was intended for? Were the getting ready for their own White Party?

    Posted by: Edd | Mar 27, 2014 11:35:08 AM

  3. francis, a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    recently dolan was on charlie rose. he explained the new strategy. it's to lure people back into the church by laying off the hard social issues and by showing its softer loving side. then once they've discovered the truth and beauty of the church's love, then they will accept the teachings against gays, women, contraceptives and abortions.

    religions have outlived whatever useful purpose they might have once served. now they are a hindrance. and an evil one at that.

    join or support an agnostic/atheist/secualrist organization today. it's time to marginalize these archaic primitive superstitious belief systems.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Mar 27, 2014 11:55:07 AM

  4. Why is the President of the United States of America meeting with the leader of the world's largest child rape ring?

    Posted by: SACHA | Mar 27, 2014 11:58:12 AM

  5. I admire Obama for reaching out to Pope F; however, the vatican only dictates its followers. Not our President.

    Posted by: Mitch | Mar 27, 2014 12:26:41 PM

  6. Im so friggin sick of religion, in ALL its hateful forms....and why govt leaders suck up to these charletons

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 27, 2014 12:27:53 PM

  7. The US bishops' council is more right-wing than the current pope.
    I think it's better that obama is meeting with francisco as, in a way, it goes "over their heads."
    We'll see what comes of the relationship as a way of marginalizing the US bishops, who were all appointed by Benedict or JP2, and have continued to push an anti-obama administration agenda.
    This could be a savvy move.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 27, 2014 12:34:50 PM

  8. C'mon, Obama. You should never meet a punk like that on his own turf.

    Posted by: Render to Caesar | Mar 27, 2014 1:16:56 PM

  9. Shameful.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 27, 2014 4:36:15 PM

  10. ej dionne's wapo column sheds some light on this:

    Posted by: woody | Mar 27, 2014 5:32:38 PM

  11. It's a good move on Obama's part. He picks up some of the Pope's popularity among American voters. He makes it more difficult for the radical right to oppose liberal ideas also espoused by His Holiness. All in all, nice chess move. Two very skilled players.

    Posted by: james st. james | Mar 27, 2014 11:07:56 PM

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