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Francis and Obama discuss ‘difficult’ issues

03 April 2014 | by Michael Sean Winters | Comments: 0

United States

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA held his first meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week at which, according to the Vatican statement issued after the meeting, the two discussed “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection”, writes Michael Sean Winters. This was an apparent reference to the US Catholic bishops’ struggle with the administration over the Affordable Care Act, that obliges unexempted employers to fund contraception cover as part of the President’s health-care reforms. Mr Obama is also passionately pro-choice on abortion, and pro-gay marriage.According to the Vatican statement, also discussed were a “range of international issues”, as well as human trafficking and immigration.The White House did not issu ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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