President Barack Obama is slated to meet with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, and Obama already has a list of topics he hopes to discuss. In a press release Thursday, the White House laid out some of the president’s ideal subjects for the talk, and said that Obama “looks forward to continuing” conversations he and Pope Francis began during their initial meeting at the Vatican in March 2014.
Pope Francis in his 2013 Evangelii Gaudium:
“Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid.”
Obama in a 2007 speech to the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Washington, D.C.:
“If poverty is a disease that infects an entire community in the form of unemployment and violence; failing schools and broken homes, then we can’t just treat those symptoms in isolation. We have to heal that entire community. And we have to focus on what actually works.”