Following years of strained relations between the Obama administration and Catholic leadership, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama met for the very first time at the Vatican Thursday.
The president called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down with the pontiff — a man he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.
Despite areas of agreement, though, it’s no secret that the Obama administration’s policies and views on abortion and contraception differ greatly from Catholic teaching, thus creating a very public rift between the two parties. …
Obama arrived at the Vatican amid the pomp and tradition of the Catholic Church, making his way to greet the pope after a long, slow procession through the hallways of the Apostolic Palace led by colorful Swiss Guards and accompanied by ceremonial attendants. …read more