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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00


    Sunday, April 13, 2008

    Photopost: Popes meeting U.S. Presidents

    Here they are...

    "President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican, in this Dec. 6, 1959, file photo. The leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics has been to the White House only once in history. That changes this week, and President Bush is pulling out all the stops: driving out to a suburban military base to meet Pope Benedict XVI's plane, bringing a giant audience to the South Lawn and hosting a fancy East Room dinner."

    "President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI talk at the Vatican in this July 2, 1963 file photo. Kennedy's meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican was historic: the first Roman Catholic president of the United States was seeing the Roman Catholic pontiff only days after his coronation. Kennedy — who struggled against anti-Catholic bias during his presidential campaign — only shook hands with the pope rather than kissing his ring, as is the usual practice for Catholics."

    "President Kennedy talks with Pope Paul VI, at the Vatican in this July 3, 1963 file photo. Kennedy's 1963 meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican was historic: the first Roman Catholic president of the United States was seeing the Roman Catholic pontiff only days after his coronation. Kennedy — who struggled against anti-Catholic bias during his presidential campaign — only shook hands with the pope rather than kissing his ring, as is the usual practice for Catholics."

    "Pope Paul VI, left, and President Lyndon B. Johnson are seen during the Pontiff's visit to New York in this Oct. 4, 1965 file photo. The trip presented protocol problems. President Johnson wanted to see him, but the pontiff was a chief of a state not officially recognized by the U.S. The solution: Johnson flew to New York for dinner at the apartment of his friend Arthur Goldberg, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the pontiff was welcomed to Johnson's suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel the next day."


    President Richard Nixon talks with Pope Paul VI as they meet in the Vatican, in this Sept. 28, 1970 file photo. (AP Photo/File) - [Thanks go to AmP reader Michael for this one.]

    "President Jimmy Carter , right, talks with Pope John Paul II at the White House in Washington in this Oct. 6, 1979 file photo. Carter hosted the first White House by a pope. Pope John Paul II was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington by Vice President Walter Mondale. His stay at the White House featured 10,000 guests — split between separate arrival and departure ceremonies on the North and South Lawns."

    "President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Pope John Paul II on the podium at Miami International Airport, Fla., in this Sept. 10, 1987 file photo."

    "President George H.W. Bush, stands with Pope John Paul II in the papal library at the Vatican, in this May 27, 1989 file photo."

    John Paul II meets President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary. This photo was not in the same photostream so I had to find it independantly.

    "President Bush is greeted by Pope John Paul II upon their meeting in his private library at the Vatican, in this June 4, 2004, file photo. In the background is Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano."

    The next addition to this set will be made on April 16th, 2008.

    update: The Associated Press has published a complete list of meetings: "A list of all 25 meetings between popes and U.S. presidents, spanning 89 years, five pontiffs and 11 American leaders."
    • Woodrow Wilson and Pope Benedict XV, Vatican, January 4, 1919
    • Dwight Eisenhower and Pope John XXIII, Vatican, December 6, 1959
    • John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI, Vatican, July 2, 1963
    • Lyndon Johnson and Pope Paul VI, New York, N.Y. October 4, 1965
    • Lyndon Johnson and Pope Paul VI, Vatican, December 23, 1967
    • Richard Nixon and Pope Paul VI, Vatican, March 2, 1969
    • Richard Nixon and Pope Paul VI, Vatican, September 29, 1970
    • Gerald Ford and Pope Paul VI, Vatican, June 3, 1975
    • Jimmy Carter and Pope John Paul II, White House, October 6, 1979
    • Jimmy Carter and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, June 21, 1980
    • Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, June 7, 1982
    • Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Fairbanks, Alaska, May 2, 1984
    • Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, June 6, 1987
    • Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Miami, September 10, 1987
    • George H.W. Bush and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, May 27, 1989
    • George H.W. Bush and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, November 8, 1991
    • Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II, Denver, August 12, 1993
    • Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, June 2, 1994
    • Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II, Newark, N.J., October 4, 1995
    • Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II, St. Louis, January 26, 1999
    • George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, July 23, 2001
    • George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, May 28, 2002
    • George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II, Vatican, June 4, 2004
    • George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican, June 9, 2007

    George Bush also attended John Paul II's funeral on April 8, 2007.

    He will meet with Pope Benedict XVI on April 16, 2008.

    NOTE: ... a special AmP Shout-out goes to the first person who finds me a photo of Pope Benedict XV and President Woodrow Wilson meeting in 1919!

    Update 2: it looks like this is the best we're going to do for a Wilson-Benedict XV photograph.

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