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Spicer finally got to meet the pope and gets goodbye party

Sean Spicer is wrapping up his tumultuous White House tenure in style.

The resigned White House press secretary finally got to meet the pope on Sunday during a trip to Rome after famously getting snubbed and left out of President Trump’s entourage.

And after getting a blessing form the head of the Catholic church, Spicer is being sent off with a goodbye party at the White House at his last day on the job. 

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed the former White House press secretary attended a meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, and new photos reveal the moment Spicer got to make up for the slight and have the encounter of a lifetime.

The audience was part of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, which gathers lawmakers from across the world.

The Vatican confirmed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer met Pope Francis Sunday and photos of the encounter have now been released

Vatican Radio posted photographs of the event on its Facebook page. One photo shows Spicer in the front row, taking photos of the pope with his phone.

Spicer, who is Roman Catholic, had been left off a list of White House officials who had the chance to meet with Pope Francis in May when Trump visited the Vatican.

Spicer announced his resignation last month, but remains on the White House payroll through the end of August.

CNN confirmed that the White House is throwing a farewell party for Spicer, whose tenure was filled with angry exchanges with the press, frequent stumbles, and internal backbiting about his performance.

It was a sign of appreciation for someone who resigned his powerful post in a huff – but still offered to hang around for a transition, only to receive nearly instantaneous validation with the sudden departure of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director – whose arrival prompted Spicer’s sudden exit. 

In this Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks up the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington. Spicer finally got to meet the Pope. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirms the former White House press secretary attended a meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In this Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks up the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington. Spicer finally got to meet the Pope. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirms the former White House press secretary attended a meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Vatican confirmed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer met Pope Francis Sunday

The Vatican confirmed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer met Pope Francis Sunday

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP: Pope Francis greets former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the occasion of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP: Pope Francis greets former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the occasion of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

FINALLY A FAIR SHAKE: Pope Francis greets former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the occasion of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

FINALLY A FAIR SHAKE: Pope Francis greets former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the occasion of an annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

FILE - In this May 24, 2017 file-pool photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Sean Spicer finally got to meet the Pope. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirms the former White House press secretary attended a meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Spicer, who is Roman Catholic, had been left off a list of White House officials who had the chance to meet with Pope Francis in May when Trump visited the Vatican. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)

FILE – In this May 24, 2017 file-pool photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Sean Spicer finally got to meet the Pope. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirms the former White House press secretary attended a meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Spicer, who is Roman Catholic, had been left off a list of White House officials who had the chance to meet with Pope Francis in May when Trump visited the Vatican. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)

It was taken as a major slight when Trump left Spicer off the list for his own papal audience. 

America The Jesuit Review published photos of Spicer meeting the Pope.

The pope told the gathering of legislators politicians should build bridges, not walls.

“The laws that you promulgate and apply ought to build bridges between different political perspectives: even when they respond to precise ends ordered to the promotion of greater care for the defenseless and the marginalized, especially the many who are constrained to leave their countries; and when they are in order to favor a correct human and natural ecology,” he said.

Trump blasted the pope during the 2016 campaign, calling him ‘very political’ after the Argenina-born Pope Francis said anyone who wants to build a wall is ‘not Christian.’ 

Spicer, a devout Catholic, was reportedly furious after he got lift the first time at the last minute. 

'TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON': Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer got kept off President Trump's entourage when the president met the pope, but got to meet Pope Francis Sunday anyway

‘TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON’: Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer got kept off President Trump’s entourage when the president met the pope, but got to meet Pope Francis Sunday anyway

At the time, as at other junctures of his tenure, he was being watched as a possible early casualty of the Trump administration. 

The group that did get to go included first lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other State officials, longtime press advisor Hope Hicks, body man Keith Schiller, and Dan Scavino, White House director of social media. 

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner also got to meet the pope, who blessed rosary beads presented by Melania Trump. 

Spicer resigned his post in late July after Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci.

Scaramucci was out within days after place a profane late-night call to a reporter. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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