Obama 'hugely impressed' with Pope Francis

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:14 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's "hugely impressed" with Pope Francis and his pronouncements since he took over the papacy six months ago.

Obama was asked in a CNBC interview about the pope's recent remarks that the Catholic Church had become obsessed with issues like gay rights and abortion. Francis had said the church should emphasize compassion over condemnation.

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