At Vatican Meeting, Pope Prods Obama on Freedom of Conscience
Description: Pope Francis met with US President Barack Obama at the Vatican today. In a brief public statement released after the meeting, the Vatican indicated that in their 52-minute conversation, the Pontiff and the President had discussed international affairs, with the Pope stressing respect for international law and the desire for negotiated solutions to conflicts. However the Vatican statement also strongly emphasized concern for “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection”—an unmistakable reference to the Church’s concern about the Obama administration’s effort to impose mandatory contraceptive coverage in health-care programs. We talk to long-time Vatican analyst John Allen from the Boston Globe.
Long-time well-respected Vatican reporter and analyst. Associate editor and an analyst on all things Catholic at the Boston Globe. Author of many books including one of the most important books of 2013 - The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution