Candidate Bernie Sanders briefly meets Pope at Vatican

US presidential contender Bernie Sanders briefly met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday.

The five-minute meeting took place in the foyer at the Pope’s residence at the Vatican.

Pope Francis later referred to the meeting as “a matter of politeness”.

The Pope added “ . . . and if anybody thinks that greeting somebody amounts to meddling in politics, they should go find a psychiatrist”.

Mr Sanders had attended a conference on economics at the Vatican on Friday.

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