Melania and Ivanka wore veils to meet the Pope

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The two global leaders, vastly different in temperament and views of the world, talked seriously and extensively in a 30-minute private meeting about terrorism, the radicalization of young people, immigration and climate change, officials said. The real difference was between President Obama and Pope Francis-on these issues and others-though the media failed to report it.

Trump will attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on May 25.

He earlier vowed to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, as he ended the Middle East leg of his tour.

There was no such protocol in place during the Saudi Arabia visit.

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Accompanied by his wife, Melania, and daughter Ivanka, Mr Trump met the pontiff in the private library of the Apostolic Palace, the lavish papal residence which the pope decided not to live in, instead opting for more modest lodgings.

"It is with all hope that you may become an olive tree to make peace", Francis told Trump.

The declaration of intent followed a keenly-anticipated encounter between the billionaire businessman and the former Jesuit priest who has made championing the poor and the third world major themes of his papacy.

Migrants therefore are a sensitive point (alongside the climate, which is not mentioned, even if Francis gifted his ecological encyclical Laudato Sì, which was already criticized by U.S. republicans in 2015) of relations between the Church and Trump, and especially Francis, after his famous statement in 2016 that a person who wants to build walls "is not Christian".

Donald Trump described those comments as disgraceful, and accused the pontiff of being a pawn of the Mexican government.

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But Francis is all about finding common ground. Donald Trump wore the traditional yarmulke as he put his right hand on the holy wall. Secretary of Defense James Mattis sees climate change as a national security threat and likely favors staying involved, as does Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. "Thank you. I won't forget what you said". "We're liking Italy very, very much, and it was an honor to be with the pope", he enthused.

Trump at first did not plan to stop in Rome during his visit to Europe, which some in the Vatican saw as a snub. "Well, I'll be reading them", Mr Trump said.

Trump has never been one to let an insult, perceived or real, go by without a response, and he made no exception for the world's best-known religious leader.

Trump arrived in Rome Tuesday evening, his motorcade closing a busy Italian highway just after rush hour and prompting hundreds of onlookers to briefly step out of their gridlocked cars to gawk at the fleet of armored vehicles.

For the European Union and for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, this visit is about damage limitation with the fervent hope of establishing some kind of transatlantic chemistry, the BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler says. We're told that she's "passionate about climate change", and she is joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and economic adviser Gary Cohn, who are also in favor of staying in the Paris agreement.

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