President Barack Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time Thursday, and the two sides later offered differing accounts of the ground that was covered in the 52-minute meeting.
A look at the subjects that were discussed, according to statements from the Vatican and Obama, who later answered reporters' questions about his audience with the pope. Obama also met separately with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state. The Vatican's statement covered both meetings, and was not specific about which issues were discussed in which session. However, the Vatican spokesman told The Associated Press that the pope and Obama did indeed discuss the issues of religious freedom, life and conscientious objection — Vatican terms for Obama's health care mandate.
WHAT THE VATICAN SAID WAS DISCUSSED
— Abortion or "life," the term used by the Holy See.
— U.S. immigration laws.
— Religious freedom and conscientious objection, a reference to the provision in Obama's health care law that mandates insurance coverage of contraception.
— Human trafficking.
— World hot spots.
— No specific references were made to international issues, such as Syria, Ukraine or the Middle East. But in broad terms, the Vatican said "it was hoped, that in areas of conflict, there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved."
ISSUES OBAMA SAID CAME UP IN HIS 'WIDE-RANGING DISCUSSION' WITH THE POPE
— The poor and the marginalized, people without opportunity, and growing inequality.
— The challenges of conflict and how elusive peace is around the world, with specific focus on the Middle East, Syria and Lebanon.
— U.S. immigration policy.
— "He did not touch in detail on the Affordable Care Act," Obama's health care law.