BARACK OBAMA TO MEET THE POPE - today
The US president, Barack Obama, who has faced vehement criticism from some American Catholics over his policies on stem cell research and abortion, is to have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI later today after the end of the G8 summit in Italy.
White House officials told reporters in the Italian town of L'Aquila that Obama, a committed Christian, was looking forward to the meeting.
"In many ways the visit is not unlike visits with other heads of state," said Denis McDonough, a deputy national security adviser.
"That is to say that there are issues on which they'll agree, issues on which they'll disagree, and issues on which they'll agree to continue to work on going forward."
Obama has faced criticism at home after he lifted George Bush's ban on government funding for stem cell research and for groups involved with abortion.
Last night Obama had another potentially tricky encounter when he was seated one place away from the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, at the main dinner for G8 leaders.
Before the event, a beaming Gaddafi, dressed in red and gold robes with a matching hat, was photographed shaking hands with Obama, the first US president he has met.
The two countries resumed diplomatic relations in 2004 after a long interruption in which Washington labelled Libya a sponsor of terrorism. The US blamed Libya for actions including the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 and, two years earlier, a deadly blast at a Berlin nightclub popular with American military personnel. In retaliation, the US bombed targets in Libya, with Gaddafi's adopted baby daughter among those killed.
Earlier yesterday, Gaddafi held talks with Gordon Brown.© Guardian News and Media Limited 2009
The New York Times:
July 10, 2009
U.S. Bishops and Vatican View Obama Differently
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Ever since he took office, President Obama has been given a cold reception by some Roman Catholic bishops in the United States who have repeatedly emphasized their church’s differences with him on abortion, birth control and stem cell research.
But Mr. Obama is likely to receive a much warmer reception in the Vatican on Friday when he meets Pope Benedict XVI for the first time, experts on the church say.
Both the pope and the president recognize that despite their differences, they have an opportunity to join forces on international issues that are mutual priorities: Israel and the Palestinians, climate change, nuclear nonproliferation, increased aid to poor nations and immigration reform.
Their encounter comes just as Mr. Obama leaves the Group of 8 industrialized nations summit meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, and three days after Pope Benedict released a weighty encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate” or “Charity in Truth,” which updates Catholic social teaching for the global economic era.
“The pope is trying to engage America’s capacity for good in the world at a time when it’s really critical,” said the Rev. Drew Christensen, editor in chief of America magazine, a national Jesuit weekly, who worked for the church for many years in international relations.
“You’ll never get Rome to admit it,” Father Christensen said, but the Vatican has a different approach than the American bishops to working with governments. “Some of the critics of the president think you have to be at war, and the pope is saying, there’s a different way to proceed here and it’s very essential to the church’s approach, in that what you want is consensus.”
See also, NYT:
Later Friday, Mr. Obama, a former Catholic school student who says his thinking in some ways has been profoundly influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, is to visit Pope Benedict XVI.
Here is a video from the BBC about their meeting. See the genuine delight of these two mega evil people meeting; a true meeting of the minds; joining forces to destroy the world as we know it - we will need A LOT of blessings from God to protect us against their synergistic collaboration.
And see this too:
http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/does-obama-have-a-friend-in-the-vatican/?em ( copy and paste)
Does Obama have a friend in the Vatican? It asks. How about AN ACCOMPLICE, where Obama is only the underling? " I VAS ONLY FOLLOWING ORDERS ". SYNERGY, AMPLIFICATION, whatever you want to call it: EVIL EFFECT MULTIPLIED EXPONENTIALLY BY THIS SATANIC ALLIANCE.
BALAK-BALAAM; PIUS XII- HITLER; you get the picture....