After the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump galvanized audiences worldwide, the Vatican welcomed on Monday May 29 the widely popular and social-media favorite Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
According to a brief May 29 communique from the Vatican, Pope Francis and Prime Minister Trudeau conversed on the topics of integration and reconciliation with indigenous people, as well as religious liberty and current ethical issues.
In their 36-minute meeting which the Vatican described as “cordial,” they touched on the positive bilateral relations between the Holy See and Canada, “along with the contribution of the Catholic Church to the social life of the country.”
During the visit, Trudeau extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit the country of Canada, during which time he could bring the Church’s apology for harm done to indigenous people in Canada in the mid-19th through 20th centuries when 150,000 children from native tribes were forced to undergo “enculturation” to the state through attendance at residential schools. Other important topics for Trudeau included the climate, religious and ethnic diversity – such as interreligious dialogue – and immigration.
As is the custom the two exchanged gifts, with Trudeau presenting the pope with a rare edition of the book in six volumes ‘Relations de Jesuits du Canada’ and a vocabulary written by the Jesuits. Pope Francis presented the Canadian prime minister with a complete collection of his works, as he had done with President Trump less than a week ago, and a medal marking the fourth year of the pontificate.
Mr. Trudeau met afterwards with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.