Vatican spokesman declines to speculate on what pope will say in the U.S.

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September 22, 2015

Pope Francis walks with U.S. President Barack Obama on the airfield at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Sept. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-US-ARRIVE Sept. 22, 2015.

Pope Francis walks with U.S. President Barack Obama on the airfield at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Sept. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Despite repeated questions from journalists on what Pope Francis will say to President Barack Obama, a joint meeting of Congress and the United Nations on any range of potential subjects, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi advised everyone to wait and listen for themselves.

During a Sept. 22 news conference in Washington in which he was queried on subjects the pope might tackle — the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, the nature of U.S. involvement with Middle East nations such as Iraq, Iran and Syria and even what the pope expects to receive from America during his Sept. 22-27 apostolic journey — Father Lombardi said, “I am not a prophet.”

He advised, “You have to listen to what the pope will say. I am not to anticipate what the pope will say. Otherwise, there is no surprise. Listen and you will see which problems he addresses explicitly and which problem he will address not so explicitly.

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