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Ex-press secretary Sean Spicer finally meets with Pope Francis

Ex-press secretary Sean Spicer finally meets with Pope Francis
Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 14:52:00-04

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has finally crossed an important item off his personal bucket list: meeting Pope Francis.

While visiting Italy with a group of legislators and politicians this week, Spicer got an audience with the Pope and was seen snapping photos of His Holiness and shaking his hand, a source confirmed to CNN.

A message left with Spicer was not immediately returned.

Spicer, a devout Catholic, was not part of a group of White House advisers who met the Pope earlier this year when they traveled with President Donald Trump in May to the Vatican -- a move widely viewed as a snub toward the then-press secretary.

Spicer fumed to colleagues after being excluded from the President's meeting with Pope Francis, an administration official told CNN at the time. He was eagerly anticipating meeting the Pope, but discovered at the last minute that he was not on the shortlist of White House officials selected to join the President for the private audience.

Spicer assumed he would be on the list, the official said, adding that meeting the Pope was one of the bucket-list items Spicer wanted to check off during his tenure as press secretary.

At the time, his removal from the visit raised fresh questions about Spicer's standing as the chief White House spokesman. Spicer cut his ties with the White House in late July when he resigned as press secretary.