The head of the Catholic Church said he won't try to change President Trump's mind regarding his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, according to the Associated Press. Pope Francis, instead, hopes to find common ground and work for peace, adding that proselytizing isn't his style in politics or religion.
WATCH | Pope Francis addresses reporter's questions about his upcoming meeting with President Trump.
Pope Francis' remarks surfaced while traveling home Saturday from Portugal, saying he would say what he sincerely thinks to Trump all the while listening respectfully to what Trump has to say.
“I never make a judgment about a person without hearing him out,” the pope said.
It remains anyone's guess what the two will discuss during their May 24 meeting. In the past, the pope has seemingly taken a blow at Trump's policies in the past.
In the midst of a tumultuous presidential election, Pope Francis blasted Trump's plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” he said.
In response, then candidate Trump called the pope "disgraceful." Later, he softened his tone, saying "I don't like fighting with the Pope. I like his personality; I like what he represents."
And, while Pope Francis never outwardly named Trump in his January 2017 tweets, they did come amidst the hotly contested immigration ban.
How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 18, 2017
The throwaway culture is not of Jesus. The other is my brother, beyond every barrier of nationality, social extraction or religion.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 15, 2017