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4 key moments from pope’s wide-ranging airplane interview




Pope Francis has gained a reputation for being open and candid during news conferences aboard the plane back to Rome after a papal trip.

Here were this weekend’s key moments from the presser after the pope departed Egypt. (Transcript courtesy of Catholic News Agency.)

–On North Korea: Have a country like Norway mediate. “…No one can accuse Norway of being a dictatorial country, and it’s always ready to help, to name an example, but there are many. The path is the path of negotiation, the path of diplomatic solutions.”



–On whether he will meet Trump: No formal request from White House, yet. “I still have not been informed by the Secretariat of State if there has been a request, but I receive every head of state who asks for an audience.”

–On French election: I don’t understand internal French politics. “Every nation is free to make choices that it believes convenient before this. I cannot judge if this choice is made for this reason, or for another, because I don’t know the internal politics.”

–On whether he brought up human rights with Egypt’s leader: My conversations are private. “Generally when I am with a head of state in private dialogue, that remains private, unless, by agreement, we say ‘let’s say on this point, we’ll make it public.’”

(Read the full transcript from CNA)