Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders says he hopes to meet Pope Francis in Vatican City, where he will give an April 15 speech on how to create a moral economy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO AS INCOMING Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders announced a visit to the Vatican next week, saying "I am very excited to have received an invitation from the Vatican to participate in a major conference dealing with how we inject morality into the world's economy." Sanders accepted an invitation to Vatican City, where he will give an April 15 speech on how to create a moral economy, a favorite theme of the pontiff, who has chided the world's wealthy and political economic elite for being deaf to the poor. Speaking to reporters in New York on Friday (April 8), Sanders said he hoped to meet with the pope. "The pope's schedule is determined by the Vatican but I would certainly be enthusiastic about that," he said. "... I think there is a possibility but that has not been scheduled." Sanders, 74, the Brooklyn-born son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who calls himself both an independent and a socialist, has made tackling poverty a central issue of his campaign and amassed support, particularly from young people, to compete with front-runner rival Hillary Clinton. Pope Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine also has been outspoken about helping the poor. Sanders said on Friday he admires the pope for criticizing the "worship of money, the greed that's out there." The visit will come four days before the primary election in delegate-rich New York, a state both Sanders and Clinton view as home turf and hope to win.