DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     January 19, 1999     vol. 10, no. 12

NEWS & VIEWS
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WHAT WILL THE POPE SAY TO PRESIDENT CLINTON?

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II will meet with US President Bill Clinton for a short private talk during his stopover in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 26. In Rome, journalists are speculating over the probable content of that conversation.

          President Clinton is scheduled to be on hand to greet the Pontiff when he arrives at Lambert air field in St. Louis after his visit to Mexico. Although it is probable that the US Senate will still be considering impeachment charges against the President, it is highly unlikely, for diplomatic reasons, that the Pope would address that topic directly.

          Instead, Vatican-watchers expect the Holy Father to speak with Clinton about the importance of religious liberty, pointing out that the American founding fathers were particularly eloquent on that topic. The Pope is also certain to discuss the need to establish a "culture of life" in the United States, and to oppose abortion, euthanasia, and genetic manipulation; he may also mention his opposition to the death penalty.

          The Pope may bring up one of his propositions for the observance of the Jubilee Year: the need to lighten the burden of debt owed by Third World nations to the wealthier countries. That theme was prominently mentioned in the discussions of the Synod for the Americas. While he is in Mexico the Pope will promulgate an apostolic exhortation summarizing the conclusions that Synod, and the question of debt will certainly be addressed in the document. So the topic may be attracting special attention as the Pope arrives in St. Louis.

          Finally, the Pope will probably speak to the President about US policy toward Iraq. The Holy See has been outspoken in criticizing US "aggression" against that country, and in calling for an end to the international embargo.


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January 19, 1999       volume 10, no. 12
NEWS & VIEWS

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