Francis-PopeI have been hugely impressed with the pope’s pronouncements…. [He is] somebody who lives out the teachings of Christ. Incredible humility – incredible sense of empathy to the least of these, to the poor….

He’s also somebody who is – I think first and foremost – thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away; how to find what’s good in them as opposed to condemn them.

And that spirit, that sense of love and unity, seems to manifest itself in not just what he says, but also what he does. And, you know, for any religious leader, that’s something – that’s a quality I admire.

And – I would argue for any leader period – that’s a quality that I admire.

~ President Barack Obama, remarking on recent comments made by Pope Francis which have been portrayed as unfavorable toward pro-life work, via USA Today, October 2

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