Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis met privately. Bernie and Pope Says it’s no endorsement

“And he is a very beautiful man,” Sanders continued. “When you meet him, you see something very, very special in his face. He is a man of peace, and you see that.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday, April 16. The two discussed the need for morality in the world economy. (Reuters)

Sanders: Pope Francis is ‘a very beautiful man’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday, April 16. The two discussed the need for morality in the world economy. (Reuters)

ROME —  U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met privately with Pope Francis on Saturday, the capstone to an unusual detour from the American election.

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Sanders said the meeting was for personal reasons and does not constitute an endorsement from the Holy See.

“I am an enormous fan of the pope because I think he has played a transformative role in the world in talking about issues that very rarely get the kind of discussion they deserve,” Sanders said in an interview aboard his chartered plane. “Whether it is income and wealth inequality, whether it is what he calls the dispossessed, the young people, the old people, the unemployed people who are on the sidelines of society, whether it is the ideology of greed, whether it is need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to save the planet, he has been a transformative leader.

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“And he is a very beautiful man,” Sanders continued. “When you meet him, you see something very, very special in his face. He is a man of peace, and you see that.”

Some of Sanders’s advisers, including his wife, Jane, also were at the meeting. He said that there was no discussion of his underdog candidacy or the election. There was no photograph of the brief meeting at the papal residence complex, in keeping with Vatican protocol and also, Sanders said, “to make clear that there is no endorsement here.”

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Francis, on Saturday, made it clear that his meeting with Sanders was not political, saying that those who thought it was should “look for a psychiatrist,” according to Reuters.

 

 

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