President Obama: Pope Francis Consistent with My Understanding of Jesus
On 60 Minutes Sunday, CBS aired an interview with President Obama about his impression of Pope Francis after he met with the Pontiff at the Vatican in March.
“He’s a wonderful man. He projects the kind of humility and kindness that is consistent with my understanding, at least, of Jesus’ teachings,” Obama explained.
Obama also praised the Pope’s simplicity and spirituality.
“I suspect, my sense is, is that he’s a little bit uncomfortable with all the trappings of being Pope,” he said. “That’s not his style, and that is part of why I think he has been so embraced around the world: because people get a sense that first and foremost, he sees himself as a priest and a disciple of Christ and as someone who is concerned with the least of these.”
Obama explained that the bulk of his conversation with Pope Francis was about youth unemployment, poverty, and economic inequality. He added that the Pope had a big role to play by pricking the consciences of political figures.
“I’m a big believer in the power of conscience, the power of faith, the power of a message of hope,” Obama said. “I think over time that’s what moves history.”