Pope Francis meets with Secretary of State Blinken in Vatican


Pope Francis shakes hands with Secretary of State Antony Blinken when he meets in Vatican on Monday, June 28, 2021. Blinken is a long week-long trip in Europe to travel to Germany, France and Italy.  (Vatican media with Associated Press photos)

Pope Francis shakes hands with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken when he meets in Vatican on Monday. (The Associated Press)

The Pope and the US Secretary of State exchanged gifts and wisdom on Monday, but it’s no wonder if they discussed the politics of dividing the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

Antony J. Blinken and Pope Francis According to the Vatican, they talked for about 40 minutes and the photos they tweeted showed a friendly and intimate interaction. According to the State Department, the two discussed issues such as climate change, migration and the tragedy of human trafficking. The last time the US Secretary of State came here — Michael R. Pompeo almost a year ago — The Pope did not give him an audience.

“Let me tell you what it was, on a personal level,” Blinken later told reporters. “The conference was very warm and very extensive. We covered many areas.”

He added that he was “very happy” with Pontif’s leadership in pandemics and refugees, and said he was grateful that he did not have to delve into US domestic politics.Therefore, he was able to avoid answering questions about Campaign by some US Catholic bishops Denying the fellowship of President Biden (a devout Catholic) in support of his right to reproduction.

Blinken repeatedly called Francis the “Pope”. This is a honorific term commonly used by Catholics in particular.

Blinken and Francis, described by his aides as secular Jews, seemed to defeat it, as was the case with most of the secretary’s stops in Europe last week. President Trump. Authorities often called him Tony.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on the left visits the Sistine Chapel prior to the meeting with the Pope.

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on the left will visit the Sistine Chapel on Monday before meeting Pope Francis in the Vatican. (Gregorio Borgia / Pool photo)

Blinken also visited the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel before the meeting with the Pope. “The spiritual atmosphere, the sacred art, and the impressive architecture left me a word. It’s really amazing,” he later tweeted.

Blinken is on a week-long tour that includes Berlin, Paris, Rome, Bari and Italy. In Rome on Monday, he attended a conference of 80 countries in the World Union fighting the so-called Islamic State. There is a new focus on the recruitment activities of organizations in Africa.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said he had visited several African countries in recent weeks, including Mozambique and Mali, to measure the extent of the spread of terrorist organizations, saying the Islamic State is “still very dangerous.” “.

“We also have to fight their ideology,” Dimaio said.

Blinken urged countries around the world to repatriate Islamic State fighters and their families captured in Syria, Iraq, etc. and prosecute them if necessary.

Blinken is following President Biden Summit Earlier this month with NATO, a group of the seven wealthiest democracies and partners of the European Union.

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..

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