President Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, alongside the first lady and his daughter, Ivanka. This was Trump’s first official visit to the Vatican where he finally got the opportunity to meet the Pope, with whom he has had an interesting relationship so far.
However, the crew was all smiles, and the Pope even broke the ice, making a joke about the president to Melania. The audio is a bit hard to hear, but the Pope made a quip to Melania about Trump’s size and even offered a nod to her heritage.
Melania was all smiles but before the Pope moved on, she had one request. With her, the first lady had brought a rosary. The rosary is a string of beads Catholics use for prayer and meditation. It is made up of beads, each signifying a special prayer.
It is a deeply cherished symbol within the Catholic faith.
Melania asked if the Pope would bless her rosary. The answer was, of course, “yes.” As the first lady held the rosary in both hands, Pope Francis said a prayer over it and made the sign of the cross. Melania looked delighted and quietly said, “Thank you.”
Melania is openly religious and a practicing Christian. President Trump and Melania Trump are regular attendees of an Episcopalian church in Palm Beach, Florida. Melania often posts about her visits to the church on Instagram. She took the first lady of Japan to her church, Bethesda-by-the-Sea, in February to show her “where we were married, where we celebrate and we pray.”
The Trumps also celebrated Easter service there.
Melania has also led attendees at Trump rallies in the Lord’s Prayer. While the first lady is not a practicing Catholic, the blessing of a rosary says a lot about where her priorities lie.