WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday with warm praise for the popular pontiff's work to lift up the poor & his commitment to fight climate change.
Obama thanked the pope for his assist in thawing relations between the United States & Cuba & called his message of "mercy" one that highlights the need to take in war refugees & immigrants.
The president singled out the pope's push for action on global warming, an issue that divides Democrats & Republicans in the United States.
"Holy Father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet, Godâ€™s magnificent gift to us," Obama said, according to prepared remarks.
"We support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to a changing climate & to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations."
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Walsh)