Pope Benedict XVI sent President-elect Barack Obama a note of congratulations for his "historic" election. But Time magazine is reporting that Obama's campaign promise to expand abortion rights has Vatican officials worried.
"If Obama signs the Freedom of Choice Act in his first months in office 'it would be the equivalent of a war,' says [a top Vatican official]. 'It would be like saying: "We've heard the Catholic Church and we have no interest in their concerns.'"
Time says the pope and Obama may first meet in early July 2009 when the G-8 meets in Italy.