Tags: Pope | Obama | Vatican

Pope Could Raise Tough Issues When He Hosts Obama

Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 12:04 PM

By Edward Pentin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The fact that Pope Benedict XVI will meet with President Barack Obama late in the afternoon of July 10 indicates how important both of them believe it is that they finally get together to talk about issues.

The discussion is likely to include discordant views on topics such as abortion and embryonic stem-cell research, as well as similar positions on issues such as foreign policy, on which their stances share a fair amount of common ground.

The Pope normally meets heads of state in the morning, but the leaders' schedulers were having trouble finding a mutually convenient date and time when the president is in Italy for a G-8 summit.

This was the only time they could manage, so the Vatican set the meeting for 4 p.m., when the Pope will welcome the president and his wife, Michelle.

Also reflecting Obama's belief in the importance of the meeting is the fact that he won’t arrive in Ghana, the next stop on his foreign tour, until late that evening.

Although the Vatican and the White House mesh on some foreign policy issues, they are poles apart on abortion and stem-cell research.

The United States does not have an ambassador to the Holy See at this time. The position is vacant and Obama nominated a candidate only recently. At the end of May, he picked theology professor Miguel Diaz, whose Senate confirmation hearing has yet to be scheduled.

Obama will be in Italy July 8-10 to participate in the G8 summit in L'Aquila, the site of a devastating earthquake in April that killed nearly 300. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi decided to change the summit venue, having it there instead of an island near Sardinia, as a sign of solidarity with the victims.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Pope Marries Cohabitating Couple

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 10:09 AM

Pope Francis’ decision to marry a cohabiting couple last Sunday has brought a mixed reaction from Catholics and a predic . . .

Decline of Morality Fuels Rise of ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 12:57 PM

A decline in moral values in the West, together with Islam’s history of violent conquest and dire education system, are  . . .

Christian Militias Are Needed in Iraq

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 11:20 AM

As police struggled to contain the looting in Ferguson this week, some store owners reportedly armed themselves to defen . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved