VIDEO: Pope Francis, Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Meet At the Vatican

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ABOVE VIDEO: Pope Francis and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday.

(BernieSanders.com) – Pope Francis and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday.

“It was a real honor for my wife and I to spend some time with him,” Senator Sanders said during an interview at a hotel rooftop overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

“He is one of the extraordinary figures not only in the world today but in modern world history.”

The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

“I told him that I was incredibly appreciative of the incredible role that he is playing in this planet in discussing issues about the need for an economy based on morality, not greed,” Sanders told AP.

The meeting occurred before the pontiff departed for a trip to Greece to highlight the refugee crisis.

Also present at the meeting were Bishop Sanchez Soronda, who invited Sanders to the Vatican, and Jeffrey Sachs, a renowned American economist and adviser to Sanders.

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On Friday, Sanders spoke at a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The high-level meeting marked the 25th anniversary of an important encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, which called for an economy of dignity, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Pope Francis and Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday. The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change. (BernieSanders.com image)

Pope Francis and Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday. The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change. (BernieSanders.com image)

The two-day trip to Rome and Vatican City was a break from the presidential campaign trail.

Sanders is on a winning streak and this week drew 27,000 supporters to a massive rally in Washington Square Park ahead of Tuesday’s New York presidential primary election.

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Pope Francis and Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday. The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change. (BernieSanders.com image)

Pope Francis and Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday. The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change. (BernieSanders.com image)

Pope Francis and Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday. The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change. (BernieSanders.com image)

Pope Francis and Sen. Bernie Sanders met at the Vatican on Saturday. The meeting occurred at Domus Santa Marta, the pope’s residence. The senator and his wife, Jane, were overnight guests there after attending a conference on Friday at the Vatican on economic inequality and climate change. (BernieSanders.com image)


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