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AP PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents

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Photo - FILE - In this June 13, 2008, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI and US President George W. Bush walk in the Vatican Gardens during their meeting at the Vatican. President Obama is scheduled to meet Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Filippo Monteforte, pool)
FILE - In this June 13, 2008, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI and US President George W. Bush walk in the Vatican Gardens during their meeting at the Vatican. President Obama is scheduled to meet Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Filippo Monteforte, pool)
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President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday, holding a nearly hourlong audience with the pontiff. The president and pope both appeared tense at the start of the meeting, but they were all smiles by the end.

Here's a gallery of photos of U.S. presidents with the head of the Catholic Church:

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