VATICAN CITY, June 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Gov. Gary R. Herbert released a statement Friday after a brief meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The statement, in its entirety, can be read below:
The First Lady of Utah and I were humbled by the once in a lifetime experience to have a brief exchange with His Holiness, Pope Francis I. As the worldwide leader of 1.2 billion Christians, arguably one of the most recognizable figures in the world, it was an awesome experience to be acknowledged by him. He was also aware of our state and our unique religious history.
We’ve been told by others of his warm and friendly nature, and particularly about his interest in the less fortunate. Our short visit with him, and especially witnessing him engage with countless Christian pilgrims who gathered in the square in front of St. Peter’s Basilica from all around the world, confirmed these sentiments. We expressed our gratitude to him for the great service he renders to the peoples of the world, and thanked him for his strong moral leadership.
On behalf of the people of Utah, we shared a piece of hand-painted Native American pottery with him. He was most appreciative.
It has been said that all roads lead to Rome. We took one and had the choice opportunity to meet with the Pope.
On Friday the governor will meet with the Vatican Prime Minister and further today’s exchange with the Holy Father, a statement from Herbert’s office says.
“They plan to discuss ways to help with food security around the world through engagement with the important humanitarian agencies in Utah. The governor also expects to discuss matters affecting immigration and refugees.”