Obama, pope meet at Vatican- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

Obama, pope meet at Vatican – Published: Saturday, July 11, 2009


…The president, who isn’t a member of any church, has had a sometimes-controversial relationship with some prominent Catholics, thanks in large part to his support for abortion rights and medical research using embryonic stem cells, both of which the church opposes.

His recent graduation speech at Notre Dame University drew protests. However, Obama won a majority of the Catholic vote, has had cordial relations with many church leaders and lauds the church’s teachings on social justice and help for the poor.

While opposing the president’s stand on abortion rights and stem cell research, the pope and the Vatican have been open to him.

The pope called Obama shortly after he was elected. The daily Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ran a front-page editorial marking the president’s first 100 days in office with positive words and a statement that he hadn’t turned out as “radical” as feared on ethical questions.

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