Kounalakis claims that, "The president shares a passion and a purpose with Pope Francis. They are both committed to combating inequality
Pope Francis gave President Obama a bound copy of his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium; it touches upon a great array of topics in proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel. In response, Mr. Obama said "I actually will probably read this in the Oval Office when I’m deeply frustrated. I’m sure it will give me strength and calm me down" (cf, Dave Andrusko, 3/27/14).
If he really has started to read Evangelii Gaudium, calmness may be the last thing that Mr. Obama feels! Mr. Obama will have to be taken aback by much of Pope Francis has to say in Evangelii Gaudium:
- " by public opinion, and trusted for her solidarity and concern for those in greatest need.... .
- "66. The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. In the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because ....