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Pope Francis and President Barack Obama shake hands during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama: Francis ‘Uncomfortable With All The Trappings Of Being Pope’

President Barack Obama believes that Pope Francis is “uncomfortable with all the trappings of being a pope.”

03/28/2014

President Obama and Pope Francis exchange gifts during a private meeting at the Vatican. (AFP PHOTO POOL/ GABRIEL BOUYS)

President Obama And Pope Francis Find Common Ground And Divisions

The two focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor.

03/27/2014

Prefect of the Pontifical House and former personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, Georg Ganswein, receives President Barack Obama as he arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for a meeting with Pope Francis on March 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Obama Gives Pope Fruit, Vegetable Seeds Used In White House Garden

They speak the same economic language, focused on inequality and the plight of the underprivileged. One’s a spiritual leader; the other a political one. One’s popularity is stratospheric. The other, well, not so much.

03/27/2014

U.N. human rights panel accuses Vatican of adopting policies that covered up sex abuse by priests. (Getty Images)

United Nations Denounces Vatican On Sex Abuse

Human rights panel says Vatican allowed priests to sexually abuse children for decades.

02/05/2014

Pope Francis holds a parrot named Amore. (OSSERVATORE ROMANO/AFP/Getty Images)

After Dove Disaster, Pope Francis Takes A Parrot

Pope’s dove release last Sunday when wrong when the two birds were attacked by a crow and a seagull.

01/30/2014

Pope Francis prays in Saint Peter square at the Vatican. (Getty Images)

Vatican Acknowledges ‘No Excuse’ For Child Abuse

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi tells U.N. panel “such crimes can never be justified”

01/16/2014

Cardinal Wuerl will help oversee the selection of new Catholic bishops. (Getty Images)

Pope Francis Appoints Cardinal Wuerl To Congregation For Bishops

Wuerl joins the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.

12/17/2013

A seagull flies over the cupola of St Peter's Basilica at sunrise on Dec. 5, 2013 in the Vatican. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Priest Who Fathered Child To Marry Daughter Of Pope’s Adviser

Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is getting married this weekend to the child’s mother, The Associated Press has learned.

12/06/2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City. (credit: Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

Pope Francis Previously Accused Of Involvement In Kidnappings Of 2 Argentine Priests In 1976

As the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics continue to celebrate the election of Pope Franics I, questions about his past in Argentina are beginning to bubble up.

03/15/2013

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to newly elected Pope Francis' installation in Rome. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Source: VP Biden To Lead US Delegation For New Pope In Rome

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to newly elected Pope Francis’ installation in Rome.

03/13/2013

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