Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Obama to meet pope on July 10

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves at the end of his general audience is Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican June 24, 2009. The pope was wearing the red 'saturno' to provide some protection from the sun. The hat was so named in Italian because some thought it resembled the planet Saturn.
Photograph by: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters - 1 hour, 4 minutes ago
Agence France-Presse
June 24, 2009 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Pope Benedict XVI for the first time at the Vatican on July 10, the White House said Wednesday.

Obama, who favors a woman's right to abortion and has taken other measures that the Vatican strongly opposes, will be in Italy from July 8 to July 10 for the Group of Eight industrialized powers' summit.

"On his upcoming trip overseas on Friday, July 10th, the president will visit with the holy father, Pope Benedict the XVI, to discuss a range of issues, including their shared belief in the dignity of all people," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Without confirming the meeting, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi earlier told the ANSA news agency that "the pope was ready to meet the president of the United States, Barack Obama, on the afternoon of July 10."

A Vatican source involved in the preparations told AFP the meeting would take place at 4 pm (1400 GMT).

See also:

From Squamish Chief, "Vatican official says Pope to meet Obama during president's stay in Italy for G-8 summit"

From Fox News, "Obama to Meet With the Pope Next Month"

From MSNBC, "Obama to meet the pope while in Italy for G-8"

From US News & World Report, "Obama's First Meeting With Pope Could Yield Economic Common Ground"

From CWN News Briefs, "Pope Benedict, Obama to meet on July 10"


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