U.S. President Barack Obama invited Pope Francis to visit the White House, as he was giving him a symbolic gift of seeds.
“These, I think, are carrots,” Obama told the Pope, showing him a pouch from the box, which seems to be from the garden of the presidential residence.
Obama held private talks about the global situation with Pope Francis.
Church and politics
The discussion seemed like had a slight tension when it came to issues that have affected the relationship between the Obama administration and American Catholic leaders.
“… (I)t was hoped that, in areas of conflict, there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved,” the Vatican said in a statement. “In the context of bilateral relations and cooperation between Church and State, there was a discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection. …”