Obama praises Pope Benedict

President Obama praised Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, just hours after the pontiff announced his resignation.

“On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,” Obama said in a written statement.

The president said he “warmly” remembers the meeting he and the first lady had with Pope Benedict in 2009, “and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.” Continue reading

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