President Obama took questions from eight members of the Catholic press corps this morning in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. It was, as they say in Washington, a wide-ranging discussion: his hopes for the meeting with the Holy Father, reactions to US bishops who have been critical of the administration, efforts to combat poverty and hunger in the developing world, efforts to find "common ground" on abortion, and the impact of his work as a church-funded community organizer in Chicago on his worldview and policies. Stay tuned: My complete story on the meeting will be posted in the next few hours.
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- Editorial: Can Guatemala overcome the drag of the past?
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- Confession is about the mind-boggling mercy of God
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