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July 10, 2009
Obama meets with Pope Benedict XVI for first time

Following the G-8 summit in Italy, U.S. President Barack Obama met in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI. The two men greeted each other warmly, with Obama characterizing the meeting positively — this despite their differences over issues like stem cell research and abortion.

Earlier this week, just as the G-8 summit was about to start, the pope issued a statement calling for a radical rethinking of the global economy.

Reverend Drew Christiansen, the editor-in-chief of the national Catholic weekly magazine “America,” joins Martin Savidge to discuss the meeting and the pope’s statements.

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I honestly believe that Pope Benedict understands that although the President has differences with the Catholic Church, President Obama is strongly committed to promoting social justice and fighting poverty.

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