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Peace, respect for the rule of law, discussed by Obama, pope

Eradicating human trafficking raised in 'cordial' meeting

27 March, 15:23
Peace, respect for the rule of law, discussed by Obama, pope (See related) (ANSA) - Vatican City, March 27 - United States President Barack Obama and Pope Francis discussed "current international themes" and expressed the hope that "in areas of conflict there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved," an official statement from the Vatican said Thursday.

The two leaders met for 50 minutes inside the Vatican, where they discussed "questions of particular relevance for the Church...such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform," the statement said.

A "common commitment to the eradication of human trafficking," was also discussed by the pair during their "cordial meeting," the statement said.

Religious rights and freedom has been an issues in the U.S., where some bishops have clashed with Obama's administration over abortion as well his health-care measures.

There had been concerns before the session about the many areas where the two leaders do not see eye-to-eye, including Obama's health-care law and its mandates for contraception coverage.

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