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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Departing Europe, Obama seeks to reassure Saudis

President Obama meets with Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" and considers the pontiff a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception.