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Popes and US presidents

Updated 4:13 PM ET, Wed February 21, 2018
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Pope Francis meets President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Apostolic Palace on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City. Take a look back at other meetings between popes and US presidents over the years. Vatican Pool/Getty Images Europe
President Barack Obama laughs as he speaks with Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27, 2014. Every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has had a formal audience with the pope. SAUL LOEB/AFP/getty images
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, third from left, meets with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican in 1959. Paul Schutzer//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
President John F. Kennedy talks with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1963. Kennedy, who was the first and only Catholic president, met with the Pontiff shortly after his coronation. AP
In 1965, Pope Paul VI became the first to visit the United States. He met with President Lyndon B. Johnson and addressed the United Nations in a plea for world peace. AP
President Richard Nixon meets with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1970. National Archives
President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford visit Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1975. Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images
President Jimmy Carter watches Pope John Paul II sign the White House guest book in 1979. He was the first Pope to visit the White House. Karl Schumacher/White House/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan meets with Pope John Paul II at the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Pope was making a layover on his way to South Korea, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Thailand. Reagan was on his way home from China. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
Pope John Paul II presents first lady Barbara Bush with a Vatican Medal as President George H.W. Bush looks at his medal during a ceremony at the Vatican in 1989. Ron Edmonds/AP
President Bill Clinton stands by as Pope John Paul II speaks at a news conference in Denver in 1993. Before attending the Catholic World Youth Day, the outspoken Pope surprised the pro-choice President during their first public meeting with stern anti-abortion remarks. Dirck Halstead//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
President George W. Bush presents Pope John Paul II with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the Vatican in 2004. During their meeting, the Pope reminded Bush of the Vatican's strong opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Osservatore Romano/AP
During a trip to the Vatican in 2007, President George W. Bush gives Pope Benedict XVI a walking stick inscribed with the Ten Commandments that was made by a formerly homeless man in Texas. Bush met with popes a record six times while he was in office. Franco Origlia/ Getty Images
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2009. Pete Souza/White House/Getty Images