It was a very shocking dramatic turnout, as the ferocious United States President took it  on with the pope. The president did not hesitate to displace his original believes and worldview before the clergy.The Vatican described the discussions as “cordial” and stressed the two men’s joint opposition to abortion and shared concern for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

However, Pope Francis urged Donald Trump to use his US presidency to promote peace around the world as the two leaders swapped sparring for smiles in their first face-to-face meeting, at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Trump’s audience with the 80 year old pontiff, a keenly-anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour, lasted just under half an hour and concluded with both men beaming, for the cameras at least.

“He is something,” the president later said of his host. “We had a fantastic meeting.”

There was no mention from either side of the two men’s profound differences on climate change, migration, the death penalty and other issues.