by INFOVATICANA | January 24, 2020
(Zenit) – Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, met today at noon with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.
At the meeting, which lasted an hour, the vice president has come accompanied by his wife, Karen, and daughter-in-law, Sarah.RELATED
The last time a vice president of the United States had a private audience with the Pontiff in the Vatican was when Benedict XVI received Joe Biden in 2011.
When Pence first sat down in the papal library, he commented that he wanted to give him "the warmest greeting on behalf of President Donald Trump, who enjoyed his visit here so much."
In the traditional exchange of gifts, the Pope handed Pence his five papal documents and his Message for Peace, as well as a medallion. Pence, on the other hand, gave Francisco a cross made of wood from a tree in the vice president's residence.
Present were the US ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich and the former president of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.