Some folks have pointed out that this meeting was between an African American president and Latin American president—and wonder if some of the affinity between them has something to do with them being people of “color.” Perhaps, it has more to do with them both being from countries where there were large income gaps that create vary different classes of people.US President Barack Obama, left, and Pope Francis shake hands during their exchange of gifts, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pope Francis, Obama find common ground in their first meeting
By JIM KUHNHENN And NICOLE WINFIELD | The Associated Press
Vatican City • Sharp differences over abortion and birth control surfaced as President Barack Obama held his first meeting Thursday with Pope Francis, even as the president sought to emphasize common-ground issues like economic inequality during a much-anticipated Vatican visit.
After Obama’s hourlong audience with the pope, the Vatican said discussions centered on questions of “particular relevance for the church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection” — issues that have fueled divisions between Obama and Catholics in the U.S.But the Vatican statement also said the leaders discussed immigration reform, touching on an issue where Obama largely has enjoyed the support of America’s many Hispanic Catholics.