U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Sanders talks to reporters in New York City

With Catholic votes in play, Sanders plans Vatican visit

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Sanders talks to reporters in New York CityBy James Oliphant and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will travel to the Vatican next week, setting up a possible meeting with Pope Francis that could serve to broaden his appeal to Catholic voters ahead of crucial nominating contests in a series of Northeastern states. Like the Pope, Sanders has made the economic inequality and the plight of the working class a central tenet of his message. In an interview on MSNBC, Sanders, who would be the first Jewish president if elected, described himself as a “big, big fan of the pope,” who leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

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