Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your day in a beautiful way: Subscribe to Aleteia's daily newsletter here.
Sign me up!

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia



Pope Francis and Donald Trump “expected to meet” in May

(L) Antoine Mekary (R) Gage Skidmore

G7 Summit will bring US President to Sicily...

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump are expected to have their first meeting at the end of May, a moment that will bring together two of the world’s most riveting public figures.

Diplomatic sources have said the United States president will see the Pope when he comes to Italy for the G7 gathering of world leaders in Sicily, while the White House yesterday confirmed Trump would attend the summit.

Both of Trump’s immediate predecessors met Popes for the first time when travelling to Italy for G8 summits with President Barack Obama meeting Benedict XVI in 2009 and George W. Bush meeting John Paul II in 2001.

The Holy See has not yet said when the meeting will take place but Vatican sources say that the 26-27 May gathering in Taormina opens the way for Francis to see Trump.

“This visit gives the president an opportunity to meet the Pope,” one diplomatic source explained. “And if he came to Italy without seeing Francis it would be seen as a snub, particularly given their earlier clashes over migration. Trump also sees that wherever you sit on the political spectrum attacking the papacy isn’t wise.”

Nevertheless, the meeting is anticipated to be politically tense due to the radically different agendas of Francis and Trump.

But parallels have also been drawn between the Pope and Trump as two populist leaders shaking up their respective institutions by taking a message directly to the people.

US Vatican writer John Allen has made the comparison while adding: “it’s the nature of populists to be divisive, because they upset systems and challenge business as usual.”

He points out, however, that while Trump is “a politician and a celebrity” Francis is at heart a pastor who, unlike the president, “rarely personalizes his rhetoric.”

The big differences in the two leaders’ global agendas will need to be bridged by the president’s ambassador to the Vatican, who is expected to be announced soon.

Previous Republican administrations appointed some heavy hitters as Vatican ambassadors such as Congressman Francis Rooney, Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard Law School professor and Jim Nicholson, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.