Tensions in their past, Trump, Pope Francis to meet
Tensions in their past, Trump, Pope Francis to meet
24 May, 2017, 13:09
Now to the Vatican for our feature Words You'll Hear.
"We'll talk, each of us will say what he thinks". The Pope, meanwhile, has welcomed several Syrian families who now live inside Vatican City. Francis has continually denounced the arms industry, calling manufacturers "merchants of death", and even told Congress during his visit to the U.S. in 2015 that the arms industry was drenched in blood. Thank you very much.
TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: Of course, Michel. "The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly". It was built in the 1800s, took nearly a hundred years to build, huge and ornate, a complex of buildings and chapels, the most famous of which is the Sistine Chapel, the ceiling fresco there of course was painted by Michelangelo.
The president and Pope Francis will certainly have differences to iron out during their meeting. He refused to live in the opulent Apostolic Palace, choosing a guest house for Church officials near St. Peter's Basilica instead; he takes his meals in its canteen.
Humble or not, Trump, like the Pope, presents himself as a voice for the voiceless, an enemy of elitism and a fighter for men and women forgotten by the march of modern globalism.
When Trump took his oath of office on January 20, Francis sent him a telegram of congratulations, offering his prayers for wisdom and strength that the new presidents decisions would be guided by ethical values.
The Roman Catholic church maintains its forceful opposition to abortion, while one of Trump's most notable policy reversals from the Obama era has been to sign an executive order banning global NGOs from providing abortion services or offering information about abortion if they receive USA funding.
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The two men spoke privately for about 20 minutes before joining the rest of the entourage and posing for photographs. "Since the president claims to be a Christian, he will listen to him", Sanchez said.
At a recent news conference, the Pope said he wouldn't judge Trump before their meeting or seek to convert him on political issues.
Evangelicals have done serious and irreparable harm to their reputation, how the hell can anyone take these Trump lovers seriously when they preach their message of redemption and renewal in the name of Christ?
A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is going to be their first conversation. I will say what I think and he will say what he thinks. That sounded to me like it was aimed squarely at Trump.
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"Pope Francis isn't a confrontational or fireworks kind of guy", says Meghan Clark, an assistant professor of moral theology at St. John's University in NY.
Francis has made defense of the environment an important plank of his papacy, backing scientific opinion that global warming is caused mostly by human activity.
"Catholic voters were ultimately critical to Trump's election previous year", said Mark Rozell, an expert on politics and religion and the dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
It was a subtle reminder that the two leaders had gotten off to a very rocky start over their different views on migration.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. In other words, no mention of shared goal or common ground will allowed into the reporting narrative.
GJELTEN: Well, Michel, President Trump has staked out a pretty strong anti-abortion position. But here's one interesting thing that they have in common.
While his talks in Saudi Arabia and Israel were mostly friendly, the meeting between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the thrice-married, blunt-spoken Trump had the potential to be a little more confrontational. U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Rome on Tuesday for meetings with Italian leaders.
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