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Vatican trip a blessing for Obama?

by Justin Sink, The Hill  |  published on March 27, 2014


The biggest global star of the millennium’s first decade met his successor at the Vatican on Thursday.

Barack Obama, who wowed the world in 2008, shook the hand of the first Latin American Pope — a gesture fittingly akin to passing the baton of hope and change.

“Wonderful meeting you,” the president said, as the pair smiled and shook hands in the ornate Small Throne Room. They then proceeded into the pope’s library, sitting at a wooden desk and greeting a pair of interpreters who would join them for the roughly hour-long meeting.

“It is a great honor. I’m a great admirer,” Obama added. “Thank you so much for receiving me.”

Obama also conveyed his greetings from his daughters and first lady Michelle Obama, who were unable to join him on the trip but had previously met Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

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