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    After Trump's meeting with Pope, NATO and G-7 summits await

    After meeting Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump will attend a NATO summit in Brussels, before returning to Italy for a G-7 meeting in Sicily. Church leaders will be watching both events closely, to see how Trump will try and manage international affairs.

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    On cusp of Trump summit, Pope makes a statement about peripheries

    Despite the stereotypical American conceit that the world revolves around us, Pope Francis almost certainly wasn't thinking of Donald Trump when he named five new cardinals on Sunday, just ahead of his meeting today with the U.S. President. Still, the timing is arresting: Just ahead of receiving the de facto leader of the center, the pontiff made a powerful statement about the peripheries.

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    Pope and Trump will look to leave the past behind in Wednesday meeting

    When Pope Francis meets President Donald Trump on Wednesday, it will be the first time a pope meets a sitting president whose Christian credentials he questioned during the campaign. In spite of that, both men have had some nice things to say about the other, and both appear determined to find common ground.

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    • May 21, 2017

    Although agreement between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump on May 24 may be elusive on many fronts, one concrete step that could result from the meeting, and that both men presumably would approve, is for some share of U.S. overseas aid earmarked for ISIS victims to be administered by churches to ensure that it actually reaches suffering Christians.


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  • Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement
    Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement
    • May 23, 2017

    The University of Notre Dame made a change this year when they invited the new vice president, Mike Pence, rather than the new president to give the commencement address at graduation as has been their custom. If they hoped to avoid protests, they didn’t get their wish. Many students walked out on Pence to protest the policies of the Trump administration.


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