President Obama is celebrating the Fourth of July at Camp David. Then he will leave Sunday for an overseas trip.
His first stop will be in Russia for meetings with President Dmitri Medvedev. Then he will go to Italy for the G-8 summit.
The president will also visit the Vatican and will have a meeting with Pope Benedict.
Ahead of the visit with the pope, President Obama spoke with a group of Catholic reporters. He pledged his support for conscience protections for health care workers.
Obama told one reporter, "There will be a robust conscience clause in place."
The Obama administration recently reversed a policy that President Bush enacted shortly before leaving office. It strengthened protections for health care workers, who refused to provide procedures like abortions.
President Obama insists his conscience protections will not be weaker than what was in place under President Bush.
You can read a full transcript of the president's comments on CBN News Chief White House Correspondet David Brody's blog, The Brody File.