Francis meets Obama, calling for protection of religious liberty, environment

Pope Francis met with U.S. President Barack Obama in an extraordinarily crowded public encounter outside the White HouseWednesday morning, and praised the president for his work fighting climate change but also asked that he protect religious liberty in the country.

In the presence of a record-breaking crowd of some 15,000 invited guests, many of whom had arrived before dawn to glimpse the pope, Francis first thanked Obama for welcoming him -- a "son of an immigrant family" -- to the U.S.

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