Obama's meeting with Pope Francis: Common ground on inequality but divisions on social issues

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 27, 2014 - 6:18 PM

VATICAN CITY — Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.

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