After months of the kind of hemming and hawing normally reserved for a courtship, it’s finally official – the Pope will receive President Trump for a private audience at 8.30 am on Wednesday, 24 May.
Five days after Francis told the traveling press en route from Egypt that no request for a meeting had yet been received from the White House, late-morning leaks from administration officials that the Vatican had been added to the President’s schedule for his first overseas tour – a weeklong trip centered on the late-month G7 summit in Sicily – were confirmed by the Holy See shortly before 6pm Rome tonight.
The announcement of the summit coincided with the US’ annual National Day of Prayer, which Trump is marking with a Rose Garden ceremony to sign an executive order on religious liberty, its precise contents not yet disclosed. Several prominent Catholic figures were present at the event, which notably began with a prayer from Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, one of Francis’ closest US advisers.
The New York developer openly slammed Francis last February after the pontiff – in reference to then-candidate’s signature pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border – said that “a person who thinks only of making walls, wherever they might be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian.” Within minutes, Trump replied in a statement that “if and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS… I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”
Full story at Whispers in the Loggia.
This will be an amazing meeting. Pope Francis has bet his pontificate on three things: Catholic divorce, cohabitation, and Global Warming. He has achieved the first two with Amoris Lætitia, but the key now is whether President Trump withdraws the USA from the Paris Climate Change Agreement forged with the UN in the Vatican gardens. I am hoping our Donald J. Trump can cut the Obama chord and free US from CO2 regulations that seek the redistribution of our wealth to undeserving countries such as India, China and Vietnam. Pope Francis would not like it but then the Vatican does not need to build a wall.
I hope that Francis apologizes for calling Trump “not Christian.””
‘who am i to judge’ is not a a universally applicable criterion, but seems to be reserved for ‘joy of love’ relationships and other areas of discernment.
I hope Pope Francis reminds Mr. Trump that there is a God and the Donald is not Him!
Harold, you might want to read about the pope’s “fervent communist mentor”.
Let’s hope that President Trump can help the Pope..
confer: Luke 6:39
Dear Mr. President:
Make sure to compliment the Holy Father on his stately, magnificent Walls and his private army to defend himself and his tiny nation-state.
Our current Holy Father does not see “walls” so you can help him Mr. President by pointing it out to him.
– Catholic for Trump
Peggy: you might to read this story about a Trump cabinet member who has associated with a dangerous serial sexual predator: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2017/01/trumps-agriculture-secretary-pick-credits-serial-child-molester-spiritual-mentor.html
your link is left wing feminist fake news site….
President Protectionism to meet Pope Communism. Oh, St Adam Smith, patron of free market capitalism, pray for us!