CBS News: Obama-Pope Francis Meeting

President Obama and Pope Francis’ Vatican meeting Thursday is the 28th time that a sitting American president has met with a pope. It’s a relationship that took more than a century to establish, CBS News’ Bill Plante noted.

Woodrow Wilson was the first American president to visit a pope back in 1919. He met with Pope Benedict XV after the two had already exchanged several letters regarding World War I. However, it would be 40 years before another president would visit the Vatican.

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CBS News: Why Pope Francis is TIME Magazine Person of the Year

 

CHICAGO — Popes have quite a few titles. Francis is also – among other things – Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church.
On Wednesday, he got one more: Time magazine named him Person of the Year, saying his message of compassion and humility had captured the imagination of millions.

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