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Kerry, at Vatican, discussed Middle East, Syria, health-care reform

Catholic World News - January 14, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Vatican on January 14, meeting with his counterpart, Archbishop Pietro Parolin. Kerry did not meet with Pope Francis.

A brief Vatican statement indicated that the conversation had centered on international issues, especially the peace process in the Middle East and the continuing conflict in Syria. Kerry also spoke with Archbishop Parolin about African affairs, with a special focus on South Sudan, and on the US bishops’ concerns about the Obama administration’s program for health-care reform.

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  • Posted by: normnuke - Jan. 14, 2014 9:59 PM ET USA

    Kerry's jaw-dropping skills on this triumphant tour-de-force to show to the world how much Obama merited the Nobel Prize has accomplished much. It has elicited the open derision of i) Israel ii) Russia iii)Iran iv) Syria plus the barely more discreet contempt of Egypt, and, oh yes, the Vatican. Plus Upper Sudan, Lower Sudan, and the Boy Scouts of France. Bravo.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 14, 2014 6:12 PM ET USA

    Well-tailored, useless man. The canon 915 suggestion is an excellent idea.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 14, 2014 3:01 PM ET USA

    What? No photo-op with the pope? Now, that is not at all the famous Kerry style. (One Boston radio host has for years referred to him as "Live-shot Kerry", mocking his penchant for giving TV interviews and appearing on camera.) The secretary must be leaving Rome absolutely crushed; all that traveling...for nothing!

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 14, 2014 1:40 PM ET USA

    Since the US has no idea of what to do in Syria, CAR, Nigeria, Iraq, etc, it's probably a good idea to ask someone. Unfortunately, the Vatican bemoans the killings of Christians in each of these countries, but has no idea either. BTW, this would have been a good time for the Vatican to take Kerry aside and give him a Canon 915 lecture, but it probably wouldn't happen.

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