Bernie Sanders Plans Vatican Vacation | Off Message
Pin It

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bernie Sanders Plans Vatican Vacation

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 1:12 PM

click to enlarge Sen. Bernie Sanders - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
  • File: Paul Heintz
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
Just days before a make-or-break presidential primary in New York, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to travel to Rome for a conference at the Vatican. 

Immediately after debating former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn next Thursday, he’ll hop off the campaign trail to speak at a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Sanders’ campaign announced Friday morning. New York’s primary, in which 291 delegates are at stake, is scheduled for the following Tuesday.

“I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy,” Sanders said in a written statement. “Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”

It was not immediately clear Friday whether Sanders would meet with Pope Francis, whom he often praises on the campaign trail, while in Vatican City. 

Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy, told CNN Friday that the invitation “does not signify any support of the campaign.”

“We want to establish a dialogue between North America and South America so we thought to invite a [U.S.] politician,” Sorondo said. “The President of Bolivia will also be there. Perhaps the [other candidates] would have been interested but they did not request to come.”

Tags: , , , , , ,

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

About The Author

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz is a staff writer and political editor for Seven Days. He wrote the "Fair Game" political column from May 2012 through December 2016.

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation