FILE PHOTO A combination of file photos shows Donald Trump (L) speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., July 26, 2016, and Pope Francis looking on during his Wednesday general audience at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Stefano Rellandini/File Photos

It’s happening. After a tenuous relationship on Twitter during the run-up to last year’s presidential election, The Vatican confirmed yesterday that President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis on May 24.

When the meeting was announced, Yahoo News posted a timeline of the president and pope’s less-than-friendly relationship. Here are some of the highlights:

Initially, Trump seemed excited about the pontiff, congratulating the Roman Catholic Church on the selection. And by mid-2014, he declared Pope Francis his dream candidate for The Celebrity Apprentice.

 

Then Trump became a viable presidential candidate, and Francis made a not-too-subtle statement about one of Trump’s central campaign promises: The pontiff said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Not surprisingly, the then-candidate Trump responded harshly.

Then Trump became president, and the Pope sent congratulations and prayers to the new U.S. head-of-state, but it wasn’t long before Pope Francis brought up the wall again.

Now the two are set to meet face-to-face for the first time. We don’t know, of course, which Trump-Pope dynamic we’ll get, but it’s sure to be newsworthy.

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