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Obama Meets Pope Francis, Talks Income Inequality

Colin Hale |
March 27, 2014 | 1:54 p.m. PDT

Associate News Editor

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Obama and Pope Francis/via Twitter @NYMag
President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday to discuss economic inequality and other issues.

Obama said it was "a great honor" to meet Pope Francis, saying he was a "great admirer."

Obama and Francis met for nearly an hour in the Papal Library, with the President presenting a gift to the pontiff of seeds from the White House gardens.

Pope Francis gifted Obama two medallions and a copy of "The Joy of the Gospel," which discusses inequality and poverty in the global economic system.

Obama will now travel to Saudi Arabia, where he is scheduled to meet with King Abdullah on Friday.

Read more about Obama's visit with Pope Francis at ABC News (Australia), Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.

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