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Kerry: President Barack Obama looking forward to meeting with Pope Francis. Is that the Truth?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 15th, 2014
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Secretary of State John Kerry says that U.S. President Barack Obama is "looking forward" to visiting Pope Francis, the popular an influential leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican. Kerry didn't say when the meeting would take place. Obama met Francis' predecessor, Benedict XVI, in 2009, six months after taking office. That meeting was so far Obama's only meeting with a pope.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While citing no specific travel announcements, Kerry, himself a Roman Catholic said that Obama "very much looks forward to meeting Pope Francis at some point in the near future."

Kerry had met with Vatican leaders earlier this week to discuss foreign policy and economic issues, including Francis' outspoken stance on income inequality worldwide - but didn't meet with Francis.

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Obama has cited the Pope's inequality stance himself in an economic address last month. "Across the developed world, inequality has increased," the president said. "Some of you may have seen just last week, the Pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. 'How can it be,' he wrote, 'that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?'"

Obama's presidency has been marked with clashes over the Catholic Church, including his stances concerning abortion and contraception.

Francis' approach to world economic issues is widely seen as being more in solidarity with Obama's own approach than that of Benedict, who stepped down last year.

Obama called Francis an "extraordinarily thoughtful and soulful messenger of peace and justice," in an MSNBC interview last year.

"I haven't had a chance to meet him yet," Obama said. "But everything that I've read, everything that I've seen from him, indicates the degree to, to which he is trying to remind us of those core obligations."

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