Obama says Pope seems uncomfortable with trappings of his position
Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP / Gabriel Bouys)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 11:00AM EDT
ROME -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he left a meeting with Pope Francis feeling like the pontiff is a little uncomfortable with the trappings of the position.
Obama says, quote, "that's not his style," in an interview with "CBS Evening News" that was broadcast Friday.
Obama says he found in his Vatican visit Thursday that Francis projects humility and has a good sense of humour. He says, quote, "His simplicity and his belief in the power of the spiritual over the material reflects itself in everything that he says and does."
Obama says people get a sense that Francis sees himself as a priest and disciple of Christ. And Obama thinks the impression that the pope lives out his convictions is part of why he's been so embraced around the world.