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Obama meets Pope Francis for the first time

US President Barack Obama (left) is welcomed by the prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein as he arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
US President Barack Obama (left) is welcomed by the prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein as he arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
US President Barack Obama (centre) is welcomed by officials as he arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
US President Barack Obama (centre) is welcomed by officials as he arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
 Pope Francis (right) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
 Pope Francis (right) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday for talks expected to focus on efforts to combat global inequality. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday for talks expected to focus on efforts to combat global inequality. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - US President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday for talks expected to focus on efforts to combat global inequality.

"I'm a great admirer," Mr Obama told the pope at the start of their meeting in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

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