U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives at the Vatican where he will speak at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of a treatise by the late Pope John Paul on social and economic justice. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrived at the Vatican on Friday (April 15), saying he would be happy to meet the Pope but denying his lightning transatlantic trip is a bid to woo Catholic voters. Sanders, fresh from a tough debate with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, was due to give a speech on the "Urgency of a Moral Economy" at an event marking the 25th anniversary of a landmark encyclical by the late Pope John Paul on social and economic justice. None of the participants are scheduled to meet the pope. The Brooklyn-born son of Polish Jewish immigrants has said the trip is not a political tactic but a testament to his admiration for Pope Francis and the pontiff's views on social and economic inequality in the world. Still, political analysts have said the visit could broaden his appeal to Catholics ahead of crucial nominating contests in a series of Northeastern U.S. states. Polls suggest Catholic Democrats currently mostly prefer Clinton.