Before meeting with the Pope, Blinken met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and foreign minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Secretary Blinken is concluding a week-long tour through Europe to discuss rebuilding society after the pandemic with the continent's leaders. On twitter, Bleinken spoke favorably of his visit and mentioned he was speechless while touring the Sistine Chapel during his visit.
It was my great honor to meet today with His Holiness @Pontifex in Vatican City. I am extremely grateful for his leadership and commitment to tackling the climate crisis and promoting human rights and human dignity around the world. pic.twitter.com/KetBbGnhBG— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 28, 2021
Today I had the great pleasure of touring the Vatican, including the beautiful Sistine Chapel. The spiritual atmosphere, the divine art, and the impressive architecture left me speechless. Truly stunning. pic.twitter.com/aa1jrzTojV— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 28, 2021