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Sanders Heading to Vatican Conference Days Before NY Primary

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By    |   Friday, 08 Apr 2016 08:55 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who plans to travel to Vatican City just days before the New York primary, said Friday he was "moved by the invitation" as he is a "big, big fan of the Pope."

"Obviously there are areas where we disagree, on women's rights or gay rights but he has played an unbelievable role of injecting a moral consequences into the economy," the Vermont independent senator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

Sanders' campaign announced Friday that he has been invited to attend a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on "social, economic, and environmental issues," reports CNN.

The trip on April 15 is removing Sanders from the campaign trail just four days before New York's contest against Hillary Clinton.

The appearance in Vatican City coincides with the 25 anniversary of the "Centesimus Annus" encyclical from Pope John Paul II, which addresses workers' rights, an issue similar to Sanders' campaign agenda.

Sanders did not indicate if he would be meeting with Pope Francis himself, but Friday morning, he lauded the pontiff for "trying to inject a sense of morality into how we doe economics."

"People think Bernie Sanders is radical: uh-uh," said Sanders. "Read what the pope is writing. What he is saying is not only that we have to pay attention to what he called the dispossessed — and, again, we don't talk about it enough — these are the children who have no jobs all over the world, youth unemployment is off the charts, the elderly people who are watching this program now who are trying to get by on $11,000 a year."

The pope also talks about "the idolatry of money, the worship of money, the greed that's out there, how our whole culture is based on 'I need more and more and more and I don't have to worry about veterans sleeping out on the street or elderly people who can't afford their prescription drugs,'" said Sanders.

Also in Friday's interview, Sanders offered revised answers to several questions posted to him by the editorial board of The New York Daily News in in interview that was highly panned after he gave inconclusive answers to questions about his plans for the economy.

"Three out of the four largest banks in this country are bigger than when we bailed them out when they were too big to fail," Sanders told the program. "So that's point number one. Point number two is that when you have six financial institutions that today have assets of about — equivalent to about 58 percent of the GDP of this country, they issue two-thirds of the credit cards and one-third of the mortgages, don't you think that's a hell of a lot of economic and political power?"

Sanders also responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's complaints on Thursday on the gun control issue, after the governor said the senator's stance on the issue is no different from that of other politicians.

"To keep attacking me is unfair" said Sanders, pointing out the National Rifle Association has given him a D-minus voting record, and that he lost a congressional race after calling for an assault rifle ban in 1988.


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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who plans to travel to Vatican City just days before the New York primary, said Friday he was "moved by the invitation" as he is a "big, big fan of the Pope."
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