Friday, July 10, 2009

The Pope receives President Obama

In their first private meeting today which lasted approximately twenty minutes, Pope Benedict XVI and President Obama spoke about "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church’s contribution in developing countries", according to Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi.

In addition, Fr. Lombardi said the they discussed inter-religious dialogue and Middle East peace, with both reaffirming the need for a two state solution. He said the US president “reiterated his commitment to reducing the incidence of abortion”.

President Obama’s parting words to Pope Benedict Friday were that he looked forward to future strong relations between the United States and the Holy See, Pope Benedict told the President: “I thank you for all your work! I’ll pray for you!”


Video coverage of the public portion of their meeting can be viewed here.

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