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DC Decoder Obama, Pope Francis, and the (rocky) history of US-Vatican relations (+video)

Obama said he was 'incredibly moved' by a discussion with the pope on poverty. But the Vatican said the talk centered on church issues in the US, such as funding contraception through Obamacare.

By Staff writer / March 27, 2014

Gabriel Bouys/AP

President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday at the Vatican and appeared to enjoy the occasion. He and the pontiff exchanged a warm handshake, smiles, and nods when greeting each other outside the Papal Library in the Apostolic Palace.