President Trump will meet with Pope Francis in May

President Trump will meet with Pope Francis in May

By Thomas D. Williams/

Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders, U.S. and Vatican officials said Wednesday, April 19.

When asked about a possible meeting, White House press spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that officials would be contacting the Vatican to arrange a meeting between Trump and the Pope during the latter’s visit to Italy at the end of May

“Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” he said.

For his part, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican equivalent of a deputy prime minister, confirmed to the Italian news agency ANSA that “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.”

Woodrow Wilson was the first US president to ever travel to Italy, seeing Pope Benedict XV during his visit to the country in 1919.

The U.S. and the Holy See established diplomatic relations during the presidency of Ronald Reagan in 1984, and to date there have been 10 U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican.

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:58
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