Vatican- Senator Bernie Sanders claimed that he had Pope Francis come to the Vatican Guesthouse for a surprise meeting in the hallway outside Bernie Sanders’ room.
Senator Sanders said to reporters that he and Pope Francis met in a hallway at the Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican residence where Sanders and his wife spent the night, outside of the Sanders’ room.
Senator Sanders said he was ‘honored’ by the meeting.
“I think he is one of the extraordinary figures not only in the world today but in modern world history,” he told Associated Press news agency.
“I told him that I was incredibly appreciative of the incredible role that he is playing in this planet in discussing issues about the need for an economy based on morality, not greed,” Mr Sanders added.
Sanders told reporters that the Pope was getting ready to head for Greece, where he’s visiting refugees, and that the Pope went out of his busy schedule to meet with him.
“It was an extraordinary moment. And I enjoyed the opportunity to chat with him,” Sanders said.
He declined to provide details on what the Pope said, saying he’d rather keep it to himself.
” I just wanted to let him know how appreciative I was and the extraordinary role he’s playing throughout the world in raising consciousness about massive levels of income and wealth inequality,” he said.
From the Vatican side of things, however, tells a different story.
The Pope claims that he was surprised by Senator Sanders in the lobby of his main residence. There’s conflicting reports of how Sanders gained access to an area that was not on limits to him.
“If anyone thinks that greeting someone is getting involved in politics, I recommend that he look for a psychiatrist,” Pope Francis said in response to Sanders’ comments.
On the meeting Pope Francis told reporters:
“This morning when I was leaving, Senator Sanders was there, he had come to the convention. He knew I was leaving at that time and he had the courtesy to greet me. I greeted him, his wife and another couple who were there and were sleeping in Santa Martha.
“When I came down, I greeted him, I shook his hand and nothing more. This is called good manners and it is not getting involved in politics.”