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July 16th, 2009
02:33 PM ET

President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI

President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI last Friday at the Vatican. While they agreed on helping the poor and pushing for Middle East peace, the gift the Pope gave the President Obama was meant to underscore his views on what the Vatican considers prime ethical issues.

In case you missed it Sunday morning in the CNN Newsroom, here's CNN Sr. Vatican analyst John Allen with his perspective what made this meeting so significant between these two powerful leaders.

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  1. Fred

    I'm grateful for what they do agree on – the poor, the downtrodden, the most vulnerable – and hope they do sincerely pray for each other for what they do not agree on. If THEY can do it, we all can...peacefully. They were face to face, talking, smiling and being civil, even cordial. Isn't that hopeful?

    July 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    Visiting the pope will do as much good as visiting Homer Simpson for advice all the stuff to pope knows is old school rederick that dont fit into todays problems.

    July 17, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  3. Larry Stone

    I dont know what happened to my comments re the RC church and abortion. It is an American right and most Americans – including RCs accept Pres. Ob amas views. We have many religions in this country and RC is only one of them. These are the views of an 86 yr. old Protestant man.

    July 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  4. Kenneth A. Marcoux

    This healthcare "debate" is both ridiculous & stupid – and shows the total lack of knowledge of most of it's participants! The exhorbitant rise in healhcare costs began in the late '60s and really took hole in the '70s with the conversion of many (most?) of the insurance companies to for-profit, along with the rise of HCA and other for-profit hospital systems. Prior to that time frame, healthcare was non-profit and highly affordable. No other developed country in the world has a for-profit healthcare system – they consider it unethical – healthcare is a service, just like the police and fire departments! The answer to our problem is simply to return all of healthcare – insurance, facilities, etc. – to a non-profit basis, and all of the marketing, bloated staffs, obscene salaries (last year the CEO of United Healthcare took home more than $134 million!) etc. go away, and healthcare gets paid for through what today are the "profits." No new taxes neede!

    July 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

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