Kerry: Obama to meet with the Pope
January 14th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

Kerry: Obama to meet with the Pope

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN)– President Barack Obama plans to soon meet with Pope Francis for the first time.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.

Kerry did not say when the trip would take place.

The White House said it had no specific travel announcements to make, but that Obama “very much looks forward to meeting Pope Francis at some point in the near future.”

Kerry, a Roman Catholic, met with Vatican leaders on Tuesday to discuss foreign policy and economic issues, including Francis’ outspoken stance on income inequality worldwide.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Obama • Pope • Pope Francis

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. A. Reasoner

    I thought Rick Warren was the only national religious leader the President would recognize. What a wasted opportunity to lead the U.S. into the 21st century. Pandering to those who believe in ancient myths and dismiss, if not inhibit, scientific advancement.

    January 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm |
    • Liz the First

      Every President since Eisenhower has met with the Popes; some multiple times. This isn't anything new.

      January 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
  2. EX Catholic

    Are they going to smoke pot together? Will BO kiss the ring more than once? Will they watch gay por-no?

    January 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm |
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