President Obama meets with Pope Francis

President Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis as he receives a copy of "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), during their private audience. (CNS/Stefano Spaziani)

President Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis as he receives a copy of Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) during his visit to the Vatican. (CNS/Stefano Spaziani)

On Thursday March 27, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama had a historic first meeting. The president and the pope discussed major international concerns such as the fight against human trafficking, the increase of economic inequality and care for the poor and marginalized.

Jesuit Father Mike Rogers, who was at the President’s inauguration and the Pope’s election, wrote a reflection about this momentous meeting, focusing on a key ideal that many believe unites both figures.

“What these two men disagree on is well known,” he writes, “But what doesn’t change is that word which has so often been used to describe them both, and the word that lives and breathes in each of us — hope.”

Click here to read Fr. Rogers’ full reflection, published on The Huffington Post.

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