DIPLOMACY

Obama Meets the Pope

Have all the world’s problems now been solved? Suppose we’ll have to wait and see: President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI on Friday for what the Associated Press calls “frank but constructive talks" where the men agreed on the need to help the poor but didn't see eye to eye on abortion or stem cell research. It was the first meeting between the two men, and as Obama greeted the pope, he was heard saying it was a “great honor.” The pope reportedly gave Obama a treatise on stem cell research and abortion from the Vatican, and Obama gave the pope a letter from Senator Ted Kennedy and asked him to pray for Kennedy, who is in failing health. Obama also promised to reduce abortions in the United States. Michelle Obama joined her husband and the pope a half hour into their meeting.