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VATICAN CITY — U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday to discuss the anti-abortion March in Washington and the Pope, “you made me a hero is told,” back home, giving him a private audience.
The Pope and the Vice-President had a private hour-long conversation. Pence was beaming after the session, the warm seemed to be particularly.
The hero description, apparently, Pence referred to a Roman-Catholic family upbringing. Later, he became an Evangelical Christian.
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Before journalists were ushered out of the library, Pence said Francis: “I would like to extend the warmest greetings on behalf of President Donald Trump, so his visit here.”
Trump had a private audience with Francis in the Vatican in the year 2017, and on Friday in Washington, the U.S. President attending an anti-abortion rally in Washington. Trump is the first meeting of the U.S. President in the history of the annual March for life the story.
Pence’s office said in March in the U.S. capital was among the topics discussed, with the Pontiff. Catholic Church teaching prohibits abortion, and Pence, the self-decided against abortion.
US Vice-President Mike Pence, second from left, and part of his delegation given a private tour by the Vatican after a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Associated Press)
In an interview directly after his Vatican visit, Pence said U.S. Catholic media organization EWTN News that it was a “great privilege” to meet with Pope Francis.
He said the meeting with Pope Francis on one day, that “literally hundreds of thousands of Americans, including many Catholic Americans, on our National Mall in Washington DC for the right to life, was a special joy for me.”
Pence also gushed with pride for Trump, hailing him as the “pro-life President in American history.”
Trump has. for the anti-abortion agenda strongly to Evangelical Christians, a politically influential bloc in U.S. politics But in 1999, Trump had gone on record in an interview, describes himself as “pro-choice, in every respect.”
In the Friday interview, Pence Francis praised for his “passion for the Holiness of life.”
The vice president ‘ s office also said, Pence and the Pope spoke about the crisis in Venezuela, and displaced religious minorities in the Middle East.
The Vatican did not say what was discussed.
Pope Francis meets with US Vice-President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Associated Press)
Francis has repeatedly cited the social and economic hardships, in Venezuela, in his native continent of South America. He also decried that the Christian minorities are struggling in parts of the Middle East were forced to flee, or persecution, including in Iraq and Syria.
Pence, with his wife and daughter-in-law, were welcomed at the Rome’s Ciampino airport, the U. S Ambassador to the Holy see, Callista Gingrich, and her husband, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Pence later, Newt presented Gingrich, who oversaw the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. the Pope, saying, “Speaker Gingrich, of course.”
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Francis smiled warmly, during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of the audience. Pence presented the Pope with a large, simple wooden cross from a tree on the grounds of his official residence in Washington.
Francis gave Pence, five bound books of his writings as Pope. The Pontiff then pointed to a large white envelope that explains, “this is a message of peace.” Francis referred to the annual message for the promotion of peace, issued by the Vatican.
After the audience with Pope Francis, Pence headed to separate meeting with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Pence said Mattarella, his father-in-law is an Italian-American, and noted that America welcomed in the past decades, “millions of Italians to our shores.”