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Sanders Vatican visit includes a meeting with Pope Francis

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders had a last minute meeting with Pope Francis on April 16, 2016 before departing for the United States. The Pope met with Sanders at his residence where the senator and his family were overnight guests. Video Courtesy CNN/Youtube

Vatican City, Vatican – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders met with Pope Francis on Saturday morning at the Vatican before heading back to the campaign trail. Sanders and his wife Jane were greeted by the Pope at his residence Domus Santa Marta, where they were guests during their short stay in Vatican City.

The campaign released a statement from the senator on Saturday.

“It was a real honor for my wife and I to spend some time with him,” the senator told The Associated Presson Saturday morning during an interview on 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.”

“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. – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

On Friday, Sanders spoke at a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

“Financial excesses, indeed widespread financial criminality on Wall Street, played a direct role in causing the world’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” Sanders said in a prepared speech.

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.

The senator from Vermont was invited to the meeting of world leaders by Bishop Sanchez Soronda, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences.

This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on April 17, 2016. 

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