Pope asks Trump to work for peace

Lawrence Kim
May 25, 2017

NY [U.S.], May 24:: Pope Francis appears to have left his mark on U.S. President Donald Trump as they had their first face-to-face meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday.

There was no mention from either side of the two men's profound differences on climate change, migration, the death penalty and other issues.

Reporters in the room thought initially that the first lady had replied "Pizza!" Trump thanked him and said: "We can use peace". "In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once lovely landscapes are now covered with rubbish", the Pope writes in the encyclical he gave to Mr. Trump.

"I think they were encouraging continued participation in the Paris accord", Tillerson said of the conversation with the Cardinal.

Some wore t-shirts saying "Make Humanity Great Again" and "Donald Back to USSR" - referring to a probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The Pope also presented the President with a medallion engraved with the image of an olive tree, which he explained was "a symbol of peace".

The pope, who is also active on Twitter, had not responded to the meeting on the social media platform as of press time.

"Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis", a star-struck Trump wrote on Twitter before leaving Rome for Brussels and the next leg of his first overseas trip as United States president.

Mrs. Trump had asked the pope to bless a religious item, Pentin wrote, likely a rosary.

As the Vatican visit concluded, Trump told Pope Francis, "Good luck", and then added, "Thank you, thank you, I won't forget what you said". Other members of the president's 12-member delegation on the trip followed, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Louis Bono, chargé d'affaires at the USA embassy to the Holy See.

The 35-year-old, who hosted a discussion on human trafficking last week at the White House, spoke for around 45 minutes with the women, some of whom now live under protection from the Italian judiciary after reporting their traffickers to authorities. "Making tremendous progress", Trump told Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. Ivanka Trump leaves after her visit to the Catholic group Sant Egidio in Rome, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Mr Trump was accompanied for the audience by his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, both dressed all in black, in keeping with traditional protocol that is no longer always observed by all female dignitaries visiting the Vatican.

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