WATCH: Donald Trump Meets Pope Francis, Is Determined to ‘Pursue Peace in Our World’

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put aside their differences on Wednesday in a face-to-face meeting at The Vatican. It was the first time Trump met Pope Francis, who had been critical of plans to build “walls not bridges.”

Trump first met with Pope Francis early in the morning in Italy, just before 9:00 a.m. local time. The President and First Lady Melania Trump had a private audience with the Pope and photos were taken. During the meeting, the Pope Francis asked Trump to be a peacemaker and urged him not to forget his message of peace.

According to the White House pool report, Trump and the Pope exchanged gifts. Trump gave the Pope three first edition books of Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings. The set included Stride Toward Freedom (1958), The Measure of a Man (1959), The Strength to Love (1963), Why We Can’t Wait (1964) and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967).

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The Pope gave Trump the three books he traditionally gives visiting heads of state – Amoris Laetitia, Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si. He also gave Trump a World Day of Peace medal, which he signed “personally” for Trump.

The White House pool reporters also noticed that the Pope asked Melania an interesting question. “What do you give him to eat, potizza?” the Pope asked, referring to a Slovenian dessert.

After the meeting, Trump also shared a video and said he is now “more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.”

Trump and the Pope had a frosty relationship before, as the Pope appeared to be critical of Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexico border and said anyone who wants to build a “walls not bridges” is “not Christian.” Trump called the Pope’s comments “disgraceful,” but he told CNN days later that he didn’t really want to have a fight with His Holiness. The Pope’s representatives later said he was only speaking generally.

“I don’t think this is a fight,” Trump told CNN. “I think he said something much softer than was originally reported by the media.”

Trump’s visit with the Pope came right in the middle of his first overseas trip as President. During the first half, Trump’s theme was pursuing peace among three of the world’s major religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. After visiting with the Pope, his trip turns political. He’ll attend a NATO summit in Brussels before returning to Italy for the G7 summit in Sicily.

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Frankie C.

Disgraceful DACA supporter. Pope tried to shame Trump. Pope should be ashamed! Promotes lawlessness, something bible speaks against.

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SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL GATEKEEPERS
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In the New Testament’s Book of Luke, Chapter 12, Jesus states:…
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51) Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52) From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53) They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” [NIV] (See also, the account within Matthew 10: 34, NIV!)
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In the New Testament’s 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5, Paul states:…

1) Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2) for you know very well that the DAY OF THE LORD will come like a thief in the night. 3) While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. [NIV]
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Many reading Christ’s words within the Book of Luke, Chapter 12, may view His words as FOREIGN!… and may ask:… Is Jesus Christ not the PRINCE OF PEACE, and is He not the GOD OF LOVE? And further, many may also wonder how destruction can come upon a people whose declaration is, “PEACE AND SAFETY”!… in reference to the words of Paul, in Thessalonians!
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To close… Christ is– INDEED!– the PRINCE OF PEACE, and the GOD OF LOVE! But, there’s a catch!… and that is, PEACE CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO JESUS CHRIST’S MESSAGE!… AND, T-H-E-R-E A-R-E N-O S-H-O-R-T C-U-T-S! And so… and in reference to Luke Chapter 12!… in speaking TRUTH among UNGODLY family members, the “FAKE PEACE” entertained by the UNGODLY, is revealed by those who’ve accepted Christ, for what it is:… A MAN-MADE PEACE!… A DECEPTIVE PEACE!
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The “SWORD” that Christ speaks of, is T-H-E S-W-O-R-D O-F T-R-U-T-H!… AND MANY, ARE UNWILLING TO ADHERE TO THAT TRUTH!… AND ARE WILLING TO FIGHT GOD’S VERY OWN SERVANTS, DUE TO THE U-N-P-L-E-A-S-E-N-T-N-E-S-S OF TRUTH’S “CUTTING EDGE”! And so… such ESCHEWERS OF TRUTH are willing to both deny these TRUTHS, and to DESTROY THOSE WHO ARE THE MESSENGERS OF TRUTH!
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In the Book of John, Chapter 10, we read:…
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1) “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2) The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3) The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
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Many leaders today… both Spiritual and Political!… ARE BUT THIEVES AND ROBBERS! Such would declare that these are SHEPHERDS OF THE SHEEP!… GATEKEEPERS OF GOD’S FLOCK!… BUT ARE, INSTEAD, W-O-L-V-E-S I-N S-H-E-E-P-‘-S C-L-O-T-H-I-N-G! And their “SHEEP”, WILL NOT FOLLOW!… AND ESPECIALLY, THOSE WHO HAVE MADE RIGHTEOUSNESS, THEIR CALLING!
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