President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday.
The President met Pope Francis in his private library in the Papal Palace. The two held an hour-long conversation and exchanged gifts. Obama gave the Pope seeds from the White House garden and told him he should visit the White House sometime. The Pope accepted the gift and in return gave the President a leather-bound copy of The Joy of the Gospels, which was written by Francis last year, reports Reuters.
“It doesn’t mean we agree on every issue, but his voice is one that I think the world needs to hear. He challenges us,” Obama told CNN while talking about the Pope. “He implores us to remember the people, especially the poor, who are affected by the economic decisions we make.”
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