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Obama to meet Pope Francis in "near future": White House

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:02 AM
 
US President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting on Jan 14, 2014 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the near future, the White House said on Tuesday, saying Mr Obama is paying close attention to the pope's work on addressing inequality. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the near future, the White House said on Tuesday, saying Mr Obama is paying close attention to the pope's work on addressing inequality.

"I do not have any more details for you on that - timing or location - except to say that the president very much looks forward to a meeting," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing.

Mr Obama quoted the pope in a December speech in which the president pledged to devote the rest of his time in office to addressing the gap between rich and poor in the United States.

"I think that you can take from that that the president is certainly aware of and paying attention to the work being done by the pope and the Vatican," Carney said.

 
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