Jerusalem, Vatican in talks on pope visit to Israel

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, despite being a devout Catholic, didn't make the list of people that President Donald Trump brought to meet the Catholic Church's leader Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The Pope had said that a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, was not a Christian. But after a half-hour meeting behind closed doors, Francis seemed to have cheered up considerably.

Francis's interpreter could be heard translating a comment by the pope to the first lady: "What do you give him to eat?" Climate change activists projected the words "Planet Earth First" on the massive dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Tuesday night as Trump arrived in Rome.

In a visit to meet Pope Francis, Melania worked with Dolce & Gabbana, again, on a stunning custom-made, black coat-dress that showed off a attractive round collar, framing the First Lady's face. "Trump's bark is worse than his bite", said a senior Vatican official who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the meeting.

Vatican guidelines indicate that women should wear long sleeves, black clothing and a black veil during private meetings with the pope.

Francis gave Trump a medal featuring an olive branch. ". A surprising exchange, even though Donald Trump has never hidden his love for Italian specialty". The pontiff was then introduced to members of 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.

The Pope made his stance on climate change clear in his gift of a copy of Laudato si': On Care For Our Common Home, his encyclidal, or papal letter, presented in 2015.

This assumes importance as Vatican's rules on attire are also not strictly enforced with many dignitaries in the past have visited the pope with their heads uncovered.

The greetings happened after Trump and Pope Francis held a almost 30 minute private meeting. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20.

It ended a half hour later when Francis rang the bell in his private study.

After a few minutes, and after journalists and photographers were asked to leave, Melania Trump was left all alone to pray. At right a Carabinieri paramilitary police officer salutes.

  • Leroy Wright