Pope to meet with Obama on July 10

Pope Benedict XVI is expected to meet with President Obama at the Vatican July 10 starting at 4 p.m., reports the Catholic News Service today. The long-expected meeting will take place after President Obama attends a G8 summit July 8-10 in the Italian town of L’Aquila. During the meeting the pope is expected to address the president on his aggressively anti-life policies, including the reintroduction of taxpayer funding for embryo-destructive research and abortion overseas. It is uncertain whether the newly-nominated U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, will be present for the meeting, as Congress has reportedly not yet scheduled Diaz’s confirmation hearing.