Obama Meets with Cardinal in Oval Office

President Obama met today with the nation's top Catholic bishop, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, after weeks of growing tension over policy changes in the young administration.

George, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with Obama for 30 minutes to discuss "important opportunities for the government and the Catholic Church to continue their long-standing partnership to tackle some of the nation's most pressing challenges," the White House said in a statement.

Neither the White House nor the bishops' conference would elaborate about the meeting beyond their short statements.

It was the first time Obama and George have met in person since the November election, according to the White House, though they have spoken twice on the phone.

Though Obama and George have both held prominent posts in Illinois, where they met a number of times, they never developed a relationship, the cardinal said last November. Obama, who is Protestant, was a state senator in Illinois from ...

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