Pope & Trump Meeting



On Wednesday, May 24, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump will hold their first-ever meeting in the Vatican. It marks the intersection of two of the most riveting, not to mention contrasting, personalities on the global stage, and could bring both clash on some issues and a surprising degree of common cause on others.


  • After Trump, Pope Francis tackled the Balkans on Friday

    After Trump, Pope Francis tackled the Balkans on Friday

    • May 27, 2017

    Some forty-eight hours ago, a meeting between Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump made global headlines. On Friday, Francis received the heads of state of two Balkan nations, Bulgaria and Macedonia, and almost no one noticed. Yet from the pontiff’s point of view, there’s good reason to think these sessions were every bit as important.

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  • Dolan presses White House on relief for persecuted Christians

    Dolan presses White House on relief for persecuted Christians

    • May 25, 2017

    Despite expectations that the meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump on Wednesday would be contentious, it proved surprisingly upbeat. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York predicts the two leaders may collaborate, among other things on anti-Christian persecution, and says he’s already suggested one way the White House could do that in terms of funding relief efforts.

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  • Trump has to be happy with outcome of Pope summit

    Trump has to be happy with outcome of Pope summit

    • May 25, 2017

    Although one half-hour encounter can’t magically dissolve all the potential flash points in the relationship between the Vatican under Pope Francis and the White House under President Donald Trump, it still seems Trump got more than he could have expected out of Wednesday’s encounter, including a Vatican statement that played up areas in which the president and the pope are on the same page.

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