Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pope Francis meets President Trump at the Vatican

Pope Francis Receives US President Donald J. Trump
Holy Father Receives Newly-elected President of United States of America
Pope Francis received President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, today, May 24, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace, before Francis’ weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
The meeting was broadcasted by Vatican Television and can be watched via this link:
According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about 30 minutes, were cordial.
“Satisfaction was expressed for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United States of America as well as the joint commitment in favour of life, and freedom of worship and conscience. It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the State and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.
The discussions, it also noted, “enabled an exchange of views on various themes relating to international affairs and the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and inter-religious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities.”
President Trump also met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher.
After the audience, President Trump’s wife, Melania, will visit the Vatican’s children’s hospital Bambino Gesu, and his daughter, Ivanka, will visit the Rome-based charitable community, Sant’Egidio.

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