Pope Francis says his brief meeting with Bernie Sanders, contesting the Democratic candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, was not meddling in politics and anyone who thinks that should seek psychiatric help. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis said on Saturday (April 16) that his meeting with Bernie Sanders, who is contesting the Democratic candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, was not meddling in politics and that anyone who thought otherwise should "look for a psychiatrist." Sanders and the pope met briefly on Saturday morning at the Vatican guest house where Francis lives and where Sanders and his wife spent the night after he addressed a Vatican conference on social justice. "This morning when I was leaving, Senator (Bernie) Sanders was there, he had come to the convention. He knew I was leaving at that time and he had the courtesy to greet me. I greeted him, his wife and another couple who were there and were sleeping in Santa Martha," the pope told reporters in answer to a question aboard the plane returning from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he visited a refugee camp. "When I came down, I greeted him, I shook his hand and nothing more. This is called good manners and it is not getting involved in politics. If someone thinks that greeting someone means getting involved in politics, I recommend that he find a psychiatrist," he continued. In an interview after the meeting, Sanders called the pope "a beautiful man", adding "I am not a Catholic, but there is a radiance that comes from him." The Democratic hopeful from Vermont has campaigned on a promise to rein in corporate power and level the economic playing field for working and lower-income Americans who he says have been left behind, a message echoing that of the pope. The meeting came just days before Tuesday's Democratic party primary in New York, where polls say he is trailing Hillary Clinton. Sanders has said the trip was not a pitch for the Catholic vote but a testament to his admiration for the pontiff.