US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. The private audience with the pontiff was preceded by a cordial handshake for the cameras and was expected to last around 20 minutes.
Pope Francis confirmed Thursday he will use his upcoming visit to the Portuguese shrine at Fatima to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children who say they saw visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. Francis convened his cardinals to formally set the May 13 date for the saint-making Mass.
President Michel Aoun is set to visit the Vatican on March 16, Al-Joumhouria newspaper reported.