Pope Francis meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican, Oct. 9, 2021/ Vatican Media.
The House speaker was accompanied by her husband, businessman Paul Pelosi, and Patrick Connell, the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, which currently lacks an ambassador.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., discussed the environment, migration and human rights during a visit to the Vatican on Friday.
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced the visit on Oct. 8 in a post on its Twitter account.
It said: “We welcome Speaker Pelosi from the U.S. House of Representatives. We talked about caring for the environment, in the light of [Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical] Laudato si’, migration issues, human rights, health in times of pandemic, and the work of the Vatican COVID Commission.”
An accompanying photograph showed the 81-year-old standing between Cardinal Peter Turkson, the dicastery’s prefect, and Sister Alessandra Smerilli, the dicastery’s “ad interim” secretary and coordinator of the COVID Commission. …