Sanders preaches economic equality at the Vatican

Bernie Sanders, hours after his Brooklyn debate with Hillary Clinton, brought his message of economic equality to the Vatican — but missed out on meeting Pope Francis.

The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke Friday to an audience of clergy, academics and two South American presidents at a Vatican conference where he was an invited guest.

“At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable,” the Vermont senator declared.

The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke Friday to an audience of clergy, academics and two South American presidents at a Vatican conference where he was an invited guest.POOL/REUTERS

The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke Friday to an audience of clergy, academics and two South American presidents at a Vatican conference where he was an invited guest.

“Our very soul as a nation has suffered as the public lost faith in political and social institutions. As Pope Francis has stated, ‘Man is not in charge today, money is in charge.’”

Sanders was the lone U.S. presidential candidate asked to speak at the conference marking the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on social and economic justice.

The Brooklyn-born Sanders, at various times during his speech, invoked Popes Francis, John Paul II and Leo XIII in calling for dramatic economic change.

Sanders appeared no worse for the wear after a trans-Atlantic flight that followed the Thursday night debate with Clinton in Brooklyn.ANGELO CARCONI/EPA

Sanders appeared no worse for the wear after a trans-Atlantic flight that followed the Thursday night debate with Clinton in Brooklyn.

Pope Francis sent along a hand-written note of apology Friday after a tight schedule prevented the Holy Father from greeting Sanders and other conference participants.

“I will keep them all in my prayers and good wishes,” the pope wrote.

Sanders appeared no worse for the wear after a trans-Atlantic flight that followed the Thursday night debate with Clinton in Brooklyn.

A tight schedule prevented the Holy Father from greeting Sanders and other conference participants.GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

A tight schedule prevented the Holy Father from greeting Sanders and other conference participants.

He touched on many of the major themes of his run for the White House during his Vatican address.

“Our youth are no longer satisfied with corrupt and broken politics and an economy of stark inequality and injustice,” said Sanders.

“They are calling out for a return to fairness, for an economy that defends the common good by ensuring that every person, rich or poor, has access to quality health care, nutrition and education.”

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