Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Melania Trump Confirms She Is Practicing Catholic After Pope Meeting

Melania Trump Confirms She Is Practicing Catholic After Pope Meeting

Donald Trump has met Pope Francis in the Vatican, as the U.S. president's nine-day maiden overseas trip reaches its halfway stage.

Trump and the pope met privately in a one-on-one conversation in a Vatican study on Wednesday.

A Vatican statement said the meeting was "cordial" and that the Vatican hoped there could be "serene collaboration" between the USA government and the American Catholic Church, including "assistance to immigrants".

The US president was greeted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the head of the papal household, and escorted by the Swiss Guard to the offices of Pope Francis. Having famously described climate change as a "hoax", Trump may learn important lessons from the Pope's writings, which he promised to read. This isn't new with the Trumps, for that matter; it's the same standthat Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton-who all covered their heads for the pope, but not for the Saudis-took before them.

The picture of the two leaders may not be the only one to be remembered as iconic.

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Melania and Ivanka wore conservative black dresses and veils during their trip to the Vatican.

Others made a decision to Photoshop the image after all.

There is a huge clash of styles between the two men: the pope, a model of humility; and Trump, more of a showman-businessman combo.

"The pope is talking about climate change, he's handing [Trump] the encyclical". He also said he would read the texts the Pope gave him.

Pope Francis then gave the President a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolised peace.

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Like Melania Trump, former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have forgone headscarves when visiting the country.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Fiumicino's Leonardo Da Vinci International airport, near Rome, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

It was confirmed by her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, on May 24, hours after Pope Francis blessed a rosary for her at the Vatican, reports the Daily Mail. The two shared some light banter, with the pope even teasing Mrs. Trump about what sort of treats she's been feeding her husband, suggesting potizza, a Slovenian pastry. And in Israel, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to strong ties with the nation's longtime ally and urged both the Israelis and the Palestinians to begin the process of reaching a peace deal.

He will fly to Brussels later in the day for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, and will wrap up his tour on Friday after the G7 summit on the Italian island of Sicily.

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