Trump arrives at Vatican to meet with Pope

Trump arrives at Vatican to meet with Pope

"All of them. Do not be fooled".

MASSIMO FRANCO, Corriere della Sera: This meeting is more important for Trump than for the pope, because Trump presently is very weak internally, so he needs a more worldwide reach. "You sit there going, my gosh", Corker says.

"Trump enjoys mocking "losers", so he might pay heed to Francis" injunction that when the fortunate encounter those who are not, they should ask themselves, "Why them and not me?"

"That's the Mexican government", he said.

During the audience with the Pope, President Higgins gave him a climate bell by artist Vivienne Roche, entitled Mother Earth Bell, which was inspired by a speech the president gave at the Paris climate conference.

Things started to go south after Trump became a presidential candidate.

. "We must make our immigrant brothers and sisters feel that they are citizens, that they are like us, children of God", Francis has said, pleading for compassion toward "the stranger in our midst". Three days after the President signed his first executive order, which would indefinitely bar Syrian refugees, the Pope went Old Testament on Trump. Instead, he'd look for areas of agreement.

"There are always doors that aren't closed", Francis said. "We need to find the doors that are at least slightly open".

As Trump heads to the Vatican, the pope tweeted about the importance of "dialogue". Francis has taken more modern stances on other issues as well, including LGBT rights and global warming.

Despite their awkward history, the Pope and President share some commonalities, Faggioli said, particularly their remarkable rises to power. He and Trump both are effective at using the media.

But there is no doubting the differences between them in both substance and style.

GJELTEN: Well, Michel, President Trump has staked out a pretty strong anti-abortion position.

The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a "very great honor" to be there. In fact, he saw a certain resemblance between himself and the humble pontiff.

What will they talk about? .

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The pontiff was then introduced to members of Mr Trump's delegation, including his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as aides Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino.

"If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS' ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president", Trump said during the campaign.

In what ways have the Knights worked with Pope Francis over the past few years?

Trump and Francis also need each other.

Trump's softer stance on environmental regulations also is at odds with Francis' view that climate change is caused mostly by human activity.

Francis has focused on issues of war and peace as well.

At his weekly Sunday noon prayer at the Vatican, Pope Francis made an appeal for the "guns to be silenced" in the Central African Republic.

"I don't think the Vatican will have any objection, but what you're getting is not just Callista with her husband", said Kenneth Francis Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican under former President Barack Obama.

Trump presented Pope Francis will a large gift box with "books from Martin Luther King. President, hold on, or please think again'".

For all those reasons, many observers are fascinated at what kind of meeting might transpire at the Vatican.

"Today it falls to me to call for the grace of mature obedience to the Magisterium of the Church ....it develops the Gospel, explains it better each time, in fidelity to Peter, the bishops, and ultimately, to the Holy Spirit who guides and supports this process". But there are also pragmatic reasons why it is worth world leaders engaging with the Catholic church. One is with the pope. "But this president has already changed about several things, so perhaps on this as well". "Was there chemistry or awkwardness?" That is often a more substantive meeting.

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