Sean Spicer’s prayers have been answered: He got to meet the Pope.
The ousted White House communications director finally got to be face-to-face with his Holiness this week — months after President Trump apparently snubbed his first chance.
The Jesuit magazine America first revealed that Spicer joined politicians from around the world Sunday for a meeting at the International Catholic Legislators Network in Italy, where they were received by Francis.
The magazine pictured Spicer, a devout Catholic, personally greeting the Pope.
Sean Spicer upset that Trump did not let him meet Pope Francis
U.S. Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) also attended.
In his address, Francis continued his veiled criticism of Trump, telling lawmakers to focus on building bridges instead of walls.
“The laws that you promulgate and apply ought to build bridges between different political perspectives,” Francis said, emphasizing a need to defend “the defenseless and the marginalized” and “natural ecology.”
Spicer, who was pushed out of his job in July but remains at the White House, joined Trump in May for the President’s first foreign tour, which included a stop at the Vatican.
Devout Catholic Sean Spicer doesn’t attend Trump-Pope meeting
Media reports revealed that Trump left Spicer off the list of officials who would meet Francis. The White House insisted this was not a snub, but reporters on the trip thought otherwise.
A White House source told CNN that for Spicer, a meeting with the Pope was “all he wanted” on the trip.
In their meeting, the Pope urged Trump to commit himself to peace and environmental protection, and he gave Trump an encyclical about the importance of fighting climate change.
Less than two weeks later, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.
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