Top Biden aide praises ‘strong leadership’ of pope after Vatican meeting

ROME – On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken enjoyed a private visit to the Sistine Chapel before sitting down to a closed-door meeting with Pope Francis as part of a broader tour of Europe. Speaking to the journalists during a June 28 press conference alongside Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Blinken spoke of his 40-minute meeting with Francis, saying, “let me just say on a personal level what an honor it was.” The meeting, he said, “was very warm and extremely wide ranging. We covered a lot of ground, and I certainly don’t want to speak for His Holiness, but just speaking for myself, speaking for the United States, I was very gratified.”

Top Biden aide praises ‘strong leadership’ of pope after Vatican meeting

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