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No Meeting Planned for Trump, Pope During Trip to Italy

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 03:02 PM

President Donald Trump has no plans to visit Pope Francis during a visit to Italy scheduled for late May, The Hill reported.

"The ball is on their side," said a Vatican source. "We have received no request."

And, a senior Vatican diplomatic source confirmed the White House had made no request to meet with the pope when he travels to Sicily May 26 and 27 for a meeting of the G7 summit, a group that consists of leaders from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K., with representation also by the European Union.

The U.S. Embassy to the Vatican through a spokesperson declined to comment about any possible meeting. Vatican officials have indicated they would be open to the possibility of arranging a meeting, which would be the first between the two.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the two men sparred when the pontiff criticized Trump's vow to build a wall along the U.S. southern border, saying, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian."

Trump, a Presbyterian, countered at a campaign rally that, "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion and faith."

Former President Barack Obama had three papal meetings during his tenure as president, of which two were with Pope Francis. The pope's last visit to the U.S. was in 2015, and he has no scheduled plans to return.

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