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Few fireworks or agreements expected as Obama meets with pope


1321211(Deseret News) President Barack Obama will meet with dozens of world leaders this week in Europe, but few of those encounters will attract more popular interest than his first audience with Pope Francis on Thursday.

The presidential visit will be the 28th time a U.S. president has met the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, who is also head of state for Vatican City, according to a summary prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that details the previous 27 events, including the first in 1919 by then-President Woodrow Wilson.

Don’t expect a major agreement to result, or a major argument to erupt for that matter, Vatican-watchers say. David Gibson of Religion News Service wrote, “American and Vatican officials say the talks may disappoint those hoping for fireworks, and that the summit is going to focus on collaboration much more than conflict. One reason is that the two men have a lot in common. Moreover, neither side wants to derail the chances for greater cooperation at a time of global volatility.” [more]


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  1. Fray Glenn Gessner O.F.M. Cap. says:

    Thanks be to God that an American president can meet an American Pope that a president can again learn to smell like his people. To become more is facilitate others to become. In the existence of life the only way we become great is facilitate others. That does not depend on degrees or money but on relationships. My mother are great because they facilitated me to relate to all peoples as the God-Family taught them. As I realize from being a missionary, it is the togetherness of a people that discovery greatness. It is not in having or doing but in being the family of God in complementary relationship and the gift of selfless love that we engender a common goodness of equality, freedom and fraternity built on in God we Trust. Inviting all of you to written in the Book of Life. as ever, your friend in Jesus and Mary, missionary of Good News, Glenn, See you in heaven.

  2. Ann (WOC) says:

    Brothers under the skin, their collaboration and cooperation will mean much for the world. In Obama and Francis we are lucky to have two inspired world leaders.

  3. DeaconBernie says:

    Note the full article from The Dessert News which calls the late leader of the Chicago Archdiocese for whom Mr O has admiration: Cardinal “Francis” Bernardine.

    • Paul Skizinski says:

      Interesting comment, Deacon Bernie. Was that a Freudian slip on the part of someone, or a deliberate re-naming of a Cardinal whose first name was never Francis?

  4. JPack says:

    Perhaps Obama is bring another letter of apology from Ted Kennedy for the pope to rescue his soul from purgatory.

  5. Recovering Catholic says:

    Who called this meeting with the pope? Just who wants what?


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