Obama, Francis find common ground, sharp divisions
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:26:03 GMT —
ROME (AP) - President Barack Obama says his meeting with Pope Francis focused on their agreements, not their divisions.
Obama said Thursday the bulk of their nearly hourlong talk focused on the pope's concerns about income inequality and conflict around the world.
The president says they also discussed immigration reform. But he says the pope only briefly mentioned church objections to a birth control mandate under his health care law.
Obama says he discussed the Affordable Care Act requirement more later in a meeting with the Vatican secretary of state.
A statement from the Vatican focuses more on areas of dispute. It says topics discussed include abortion and contraception, without mentioning income inequality.
Obama spoke at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome.