Former Trump spokesman meets Pope Francis
Vatican City: Former White House press secretary and devout Catholic Sean Spicer has finally managed to achieve his ambition of meeting Pope Francis.
Spicer was present as legislators and politicians from around the world gathered in Italy for an annual meeting at the Vatican earlier this week.
Pictures later showed the former spin doctor shaking hands with the pontiff, reports bbc.com.
US President Donald Trump and his entourage met the Pope in May, but Spicer was omitted from the list.
He finally got his audience with the Pope on August 27, the Vatican confirmed to the Associated Press news agency.
Despite expressing a desire in May to see the head of the Catholic Church, Spicer was unable to join Trump due to “a number of constraints from the Vatican”.
The meeting on August 27 took place with the nonpartisan International Catholic Legislators Network, as the group assembled to discuss the relationship between Christianity and politics.
In May, Trump was granted a short private audience with Pope Francis as part of his foreign tour.
He was joined not only by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, but also Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser HR McMaster.
Melania, a Catholic, asked the Pope to bless her rosary beads.