Melania Trump Confirms She Is Practicing Catholic After Pope Meeting
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 16:30
It's being dubbed "the Melania effect" - it was to the First Lady that the Pope made the joke last Wednesday, when the Trumps visited the Vatican for the first time as part of their nine-day global trip. In return, the Pope gave Trump an olive tree medal that symbolizes peace."We can use peace", the president replied.Mr Trump gave the pope a boxed set of five first-edition books by murdered USA civil rights leader Martin Luther King."That's one of the reasons the meeting apparently went long", Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One flying to Brussels, the next leg of Trump's foreign trip.
From being "rejected" by the First Lady to "pushing aside" a world leader at a Nato Summit, here are some of the most awkward moments from Donald Trump's trip. He said that year that he would not let his faith interfere with his responsibility to the public if elected.
After shaking his hand and exchanging pleasantries, the first lady held her rosary beads in her left hand, extended to Pope Francis, who then blessed them, bending to make the sign of the cross, placing his right hand over hers.
"We can use peace", the President said, concurring with the symbolism.
The two shared some light banter, with the pope even teasing Mrs. Trump about what sort of treats she's been feeding her husband, suggesting potizza, a Slovenian pastry.
Melania also complied with Catholic tradition when meeting the pope, wearing the traditional outfit expected of women entering the Vatican: black formal wear with long sleeves and a black veil.
"May God bless you", she said at the close of her remarks at the White House Easter Egg Roll in April. Trump was also gifted copies of the pope's, "The Joy of the Gospel", "Amoris Laetitia" on the family, and "Laudato Si, '" on the environment.
Trump said he would read the book which the Pope gave to him as a gift. Have you confronted them about it?