Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday morning announced a visit to the Vatican next week to attend a conference hosted by Pope Francis on social, economic, and environmental issues.
“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 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.”
The meeting, held on April 15, will come just four days before the New York primary.
“I was ver moved by the invitation, I am a big fan of the pope,” Sanders said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”.
“People think Bernie Sanders is radical. Read what the pope is writing.”