Pope Francis greets U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-TRUMP-MEET May 24, 2017.

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

Posted May 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, “I won’t forget what you said.”

The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened when Pope Francis met the first lady, Melania Trump, and asked if she fed her husband “potica,” a traditional cake in Slovenia, her homeland. There were smiles all around.

Pope Francis gave Trump a split medallion held together by an olive tree, which his interpreter told Trump is “a symbol of

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    Flood donations top $2.4 million

    Posted May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A national outpouring of financial support has allowed the Diocese of Baton Rouge to assist an estimated 5,000 families who were affected by the August floods, according

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    SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

    Posted May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Maddie Dowling, second from left, and Eva Lee, two juniors from St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge, were recently honored with a Barefoot Pedals Scholarship recognizing their musical ability, leadership skills and love of faith.

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    SEA WORTHY

    Posted May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Gulf victims to be honored

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    “How

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