CNA is reporting:
Pope Benedict XVI received President Barack Obama this afternoon in his private library, and after 36 minutes of private conversation, the pair emerged without providing any details about their topics of conversation. Nevertheless, the Holy See revealed that the Pope gave Obama an “unannounced gift”–a Vatican document on bioethics and the right to life.
After the private conversation, and again in front of the cameras, President Obama gave the Pontiff a stole that was drapped upon the body of St. John Neumann from 1988 to 2007. The Pope instead presented the president with a mosaic portraying St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Basilica, and an autographed copy of his latest social encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.”
Despite the fact that the Vatican did not release an official statement about the nature of the meeting, the “unannounced” gift to Obama of the 2008 document “Dignitas Personae” on bioethics and the right to life, could be a signal of the nature of at least part of their conversation.