It Sure Looks Like the Pope Threw Some Shade at Donald Trump

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The U.S. Catholic Church hierarchy opposes Mr. Trump's attempt to cut federal assistance for cities that give sanctuary to illegal immigrants.

The two men had never met before Wednesday morning but they have significant history having clashed publicly over subjects ranging from migration to unbridled capitalism and climate change.

They say a photo is worth a thousand words but in the case of Pope Francis and Donald Trump, it has spawned off a thousand memes. He will then fly to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

He will also hold meetings with Belgium's King Philippe and Prime Minister Charles Michel.

Donald Trump vowed yesterday to use his USA presidency to promote peace around the world after what he depicted as an inspirational meeting with an initially grim-faced Pope Francis.

Trump was effusive in his gratitude, the traveling pool said, and repeatedly thanked the Pope as he explained the gifts he was giving Trump. We had a fantastic meeting and we had a fantastic tour, it was really attractive. "That's all he wanted", adding it should "very much" be seen as a slight. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.

He arrived in Europe from Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he vowed to try to achieve peace in the region.

Trump's meeting with Pope Francis was his third stop in a nine-day foreign trip during which he has met leaders of Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia and toured holy sites in Jerusalem. A month later, Pope Francis reiterated that message in a tweet.

Beyond those differences that set them apart, both Trump and the pope appear to have mutual respect for each other as expressed in their respective Twitter accounts.

A Vatican statement highlighted "the joint commitment in favour of life, and freedom of worship and conscience".

RICCARDO CRISTIANO, Reset Magazine: They qualified the meeting as cordial, which means that the meeting wasn't a cold one, but a cordial one, but, in any case, it was not a warm meeting.

He then gave the President a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolised peace.

"We can use peace", Trump responded. He also said he would read the texts the Pope gave him.

CNN has an enlightening dive into the internal dynamics of the president's visit to the Vatican, which otherwise has mostly served as fodder for memes. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that the president and the pontiff had "pretty extensive conversations" about terrorist threats and the radicalization of young people, in a meeting that went longer than scheduled. He'd asked about potizza, a Slovenian pastry from Melania's home country. She laughed in response, and agreed with him.

Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka after meeting victims of trafficking in Rome. The thousands of pilgrims on hand forced Trump's motorcade to enter Vatican City from a side entrance rather than the grand entrance through St. Peter's Square.

  • Leroy Wright