Sean Spicer meets Pope Francis at last

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

The former White House press secretary attended an audience with Pope Francis Sunday as part of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed Tuesday.

As reported by America Magazine, the group received an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Sunday.

A photograph posted on the Vatican Radio's English Facebook page from the event shows Spicer sitting in the front row, taking photos of the pope with his phone.

"This seems needlessly harsh", tweeted the New York Times' Maggie Haberman, "when else is Spicer likely to meet the Pope, and it mattered to him?"

For John and Andrew this meeting is "the spark", he said, noting that they then leave their first master and follow Jesus, who after some time turns and asks a key question: "what are you looking for?"

Pope Francis is urging world leaders to "listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor" and take measures to protect the environment.

Spicer cut his ties with the White House in late July when he resigned as press secretary.

Spicer was probably bummed he wasn't with President Donald Trump and a few select advisers in May when they met the pope overseas. It's unclear whether Spicer is a member.

Pope Francis invited the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to have a youthful, searching heart, one full of desire for life and happiness. He characterized them as men and women "who want to be involved in politics as believers" but often find themselves as minorities. "It's very inspiration to see how people are fighting for family values", he said, "it's just more encouraging to see faithful Catholics from every country promoting the values of the Church".

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