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Obama `hugely impressed` with Pope Francis

Last Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 13:51

Sydney: US President Barack Obama has said he is `hugely impressed` with Pope Francis.

Obama made the remarks as he welcomed Pope Francis` recent remarks that the Catholic Church must get over an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuals.

Obama was asked in a CNBC interview about the pope`s recent remarks that the Catholic Church had become obsessed with issues like gay rights and abortion.

Francis had said the church should emphasize compassion over condemnation.

According to, Obama said the pope is prioritizing how to embrace people rather than push them away.

He said the pope looks for the good in people and promotes a sense of love and unity.

He added that Francis seems to live out the teachings of Jesus by emphasizing humility and caring for the poor in his words and his actions, the report added.


First Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 13:51
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