Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Pope Francis gave Donald Trump his climate change manifesto

Clarence Schmidt | 25 May, 2017, 08:12

Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden global journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.

Last week, the pope said he'd "never make a judgment about a person without hearing him out" when asked about the president. "We had a fantastic meeting".

- Among the issues discussed at length was peace in the world.

"The discussions then enabled an exchange of views on various themes relating to worldwide affairs and the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities", the statement said. "Thank you. I won't forget what you said", as their meeting came to a close.

The president gave the pope a case of books by Martin Luther King Jr., and the pope gave Donald Trump a medal by a Roman artist, inscribed with an olive branch. "I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world", Trump wrote on Twitter following his visit. "Well I'll be reading them", the president said, according to a White House pool report. "Potica?" - a reference to a calorie-laden cake from Slovenia, Melania's country of birth. I doubt that Trump mentioned these budget plans to Pope Francis.

Also present was Trump's wife Melania, who is Catholic. In the a year ago, the two men have swapped jibes and debated on subjects ranging from migration to unbridled capitalism, as well as the environment. Mrs. Trump is Catholic.

He entered a small elevator taking him to the third floor of the Apostolic Palace and, after a long ceremonial walk past frescoed corridors, shook the pope's hand at the entrance to the private study that the frugal pontiff uses only for official occasions.

Before leaving with her father on his first worldwide tour, Ivanka hosted an anti-human trafficking roundtable discussion at the White House May 17. Trump, seeming subdued, said, "It is a great honor". "It was an honour to meet the pope".

While Donald dropped in on Italy's President and met Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Melania visited a children's hospital and Ivanka met women trafficked from Africa for the sex trade.

In Brussels, a city he once dubbed a "hellhole", Mr Trump faced thousands of protesters ahead of his first summits on Thursday with leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

It is now known yet what are the gifts Trump and Francis exchanged.

But there have also been conciliatory moves.

During Mass at his residence in the Vatican back in February, Pope Francis said Christians had "cheerful faces and hearts full of joy".

Also greeting the pope after the private meeting were Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

After visiting Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Donald Trump made his way to the Vatican.

Arguing that the federal budget is a moral document which proclaims the priorities of our nation, Sister Simone said this was an opportunity for President Trump to demonstrate his commitment to truly making conditions better for all in our nation and meet his campaign promises.

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