US President Barack Obama had warm words for what he sees as Pope Francis' inclusive attitude in recent remarks urging the Roman Catholic church not to focus only on abortion or gays, reports AFP on Yahoo7.
In an interview with CNBC on the stand-off between Republicans and Democrats that has produced the first partial US government shutdown in 17 years, Obama was asked about the Argentina-born Pope's moderate tone.
'I have been hugely impressed with the Pope's pronouncements. Not because of any particular issue, but you know, first of all, he seems somebody who - lives out - the teachings of Christ,' Obama said.
Pope Francis seems to have an 'incredible humility- incredible sense of empathy to the least of these, to the poor. And he's also somebody who's, I think first and foremost, thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away.
'That sense of love and unity - seems to manifest itself in not just what he says, but also what he does. And, you know, for any religious leader - that's a quality I admire,' he stressed.