The pope and the president: What to look for in the Obama-Francis summit

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(RNS) What will the two leaders talk about? What issues will they avoid? With Pope Francis, anything is possible, but here are some initial ideas on how the summit could play out.

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  • Atheist Max

    Wouldn’t it be great for Obama to admit to the Pope that he is an Atheist.
    We all know it. And the Pope appears to be one, too.
    Which is also great.

  • Black

    It will be like Judas looking at Jesus

    Obama hates Christianity his public office is a mountain of Anti Christian behaviour – It is on public record that Christians are now classed as Terrorists and a Threat to National Security – This happed on Obama’s watch and by his policies they are equal to 30 piecies of silver

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  • John D

    The pope should not meet with Obama. This “meeting” is desired by Obama because of the 2014 midterm elections coming up in November. What better way is there for Obama to impress the multitudes of dumbed-down “catholics” in America that he has “common ground” with the pope of Rome! Francis will be used by this guy. A pope already luke warm on true Catholic dogma won’t say anything derogatory to this guy. JPII once said that his most difficult encounter with a world leader was with Bill Clinton, who paid little attention to the pope as they walked through the Sistine Chapel. The current “president” makes Clinton look like a boy scout.

  • Paul Giroux

    This pope is no fool. Obama has a death grip on issues regarding life and death. He can smile and lie to your face.

    It’s too bad as he had so many people fooled. Just remember…God always wins!

  • Pope Francis is a man of God who took his name because it was St Francis of Assisi who journeyed to see the Muslim Sultan in an attempt to stop the Crusades. It is good that they meet, but Obama should be careful not to have this recorded as he only stands to lose political ground. Pope Francis is not about politics but about the best interests of all people. If the topic of abortion comes up, Obama better hide or have a change of heart because if the Pope challenges his own Vatican people, he will not stop at challenging a president who is not only anti-Christian but clearly has no consistent stand on when human life begins. However, if Obama had any gumption at all, he would be wise to be open to what a wise sage like Pope Francis has to say to him so he can take it back to this country and come clean with upholding
    Judeo-Christian values on what the United States was founded upon.

  • Atheist Max,

    No the Pope is not an atheist. He is a man who if he met you would accept and love you as you are. The Pope would also say that God loves you and get connected with God as soon as you can. All of us have our own story and “baggage from life’s hurts and problems”. Yes Max, there are hypocrites among God-believing people who need to come clean with whatever they deal with. Try going online to and read John 3:16 and/or Psalm 51 (or anything for that matter). By the way, the Old Testament has a lot of ancient history in it containing accounts of violence, war, adultery,
    etc., kind of what you find around today. However, despite all the stuff that people have done, God loves the world and wants people to be in relationship with him like a loving father with his children. If kids do stupid things, as all kids do sometimes, doesn’t the father still love his kids? The loving father would do something to correct and teach his kids, but will then let his kids know he still loves them. This is what God is all about. Try reading one of the Gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) And, in your heart of hearts, ask God to reveal himself to you in a way that is understandable to you. I’m not saying God will do something ‘surreal’ but will reach you on a level that is personal to you. Give it a try as soon as possible.

  • Bill Sr.

    Typical atheist wishful thinking, but a little too extreme. But you are permitted to dream a little especially since we have a president who is fulfilling some of yours.

  • Earold Gunter

    I just hope President Obama asks him when he’s going to do something about all those child molesting priests, and Cardinals who cover it all up?

    Religion is poison!

  • Bob

    The Pope meeting and facing EVIL…this should be interesting.

  • Larry

    Questions which will not be asked by Obama:
    1. Are bears Catholic?
    2. Francis, do you poop in the woods?

  • paul easton

    Christians are a Threat to National Security? From your mouth to God’s Ear.

  • Black

    Ron Trowbridge, undersheriff of Prowers County Colorado, attended a training session in La Junta, Colorado which was hosted by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) He was giving the Training
    The DHS released the controversial publications, “Domestic Terrorism and Homegrown Violent Extremism Lexicon” and “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Training Guidance and Best Practices.” Both documents provided the impetus for the type of training tools government agencies across the country are using
    The instructor cited Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism—along with Al Qaeda and Hamas.
    Not only was it implied that Evangelical Christianity is as dangerous as a terrorist organization, but it was at the top of the list of threats. And, here is that list:
    Evangelical Christianity
    Muslim Brotherhood
    Ultra-Orthodox Jews
    Christian Identity
    Al Qaeda
    Abu Sayyam
    Ku Klux Klan
    Sri Ram Sene
    Kamane Movement / Kach
    Army of God
    Sunni Muslims
    Nation of Islam
    Jewish Defense League
    Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    Instead of making obnoxious comments open your eyes and ears and try TO learn the truth about what is happen to Our Poor Nation but above all do the research