President Barack Obama gave Pope Francis a bag of seeds as a gift, a fitting token as their first-ever meeting provided a fresh start of sorts between the administration and Catholic leadership after years of strained relations.
The two world leaders greeted each other with a smile and a handshake, and posed for pictures before sitting down across a table from each other.
It was an important meeting that had its share of light moments.
The President at one point quipped, “His Holiness is probably the only person in the world who has to put up with more protocol.”
The goal of the meeting: Focus on areas where two of the world’s most influential men agree and gently tread ground where they differ.