Pope Benedict XVI (C), standing alongside US President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) greets a member of Obama's staff during an audience at the Vatican, on July 10, 2009. Obama promised to try to reduce abortions in his country during his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, while also discussing Middle East peace efforts. Visiting the pope after this week's G8 summit in Italy, the two touched on an issue that deeply divides the US public and has set pro-abortion rights Democrats like the president at odds with Vatican policy.  AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)