Kaine discusses refugee crisis with Pope Francis during Vatican visit
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineObama gives fiery speech for McAuliffe: 'Don't sit this one out' Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (D-Va.) met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, according to Kaine’s office.

“I had a chance to visit with Pope Francis to discuss the global crisis of refugees and migrants which is relevant around the world and to my work in the Senate,” Kaine said in a statement.

“As the Pope stated so clearly yesterday, it is a 'moral imperative' to protect and defend the 'inalienable rights' of refugees and respect their dignity, especially by adopting just laws that protect those fleeing dangerous or inhumane situations.”


The 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate also met with the Jesuit Refugee Service, a non-governmental organization that provides aid to refugees and other displaced persons, during his visit to the Vatican.

The trip also included a discussion with Vatican officials about Latin American issues. Pope Francis is from Argentina.

Kaine, who is Catholic, tweeted about his meeting with the pope shortly after, saying he was “humbled” by the experience.