U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been invited to speak at the Vatican in a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on social, economic, and environmental issues. On Friday Morning, Bernie accepted his invitation to speak on how to create a moral economy.
Sanders will take a break from campaigning for the April 19 primary in New York to attend the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences conference on April 15.
Sanders said in a statement:
“I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy. Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”
Sanders in an interview with The Times said that Pope Francis has played an “…overwhelming role in raising awareness throughout the world, not just within the Catholic community but within all communities.”
Sanders pronounced himself as a “big, big fan of the pope,” and Pope Francis in return described Bernie Sanders as a “world leader.”
Incidentally, Bernie Sanders is meeting the Pope the same day when his rival Hillary Clinton is fundraising with a former Goldman Sachs’ executive.
During his morning show visits, Sanders said he would be speaking about the global crisis of climate change and about moral values by which we should take care of this planet for our future generation at the conference. He would also speak on how to deal with poverty and how to create an economy that works for all people rather than the few.
Sanders will return to New York for the final days of campaigning before the April 19 primary in New York.