Vatican: Obama talks included birth control
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says the Catholic Church’s objection to a contraception requirement under the Affordable Care Act was raised during President Barack Obama’s visit.
The Vatican says other areas of discussion during Obama’s historic visit included abortion, immigration reform, human trafficking and international issues.
The Vatican issued the short statement after Obama met separately Thursday with Pope Francis and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The statement didn’t specify which topics were discussed in which meeting.
While describing the meetings as “cordial,” it says they reviewed questions relevant for the Catholic Church in the U.S. The statement says that includes “rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection,” a reference to mandates for contraception coverage under Obama’s health care law.