Melania Trump confirms she is Catholic after visit with Pope Francis


Following her meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, first lady Melania Trump confirmed a fact that many were unfamiliar with -- she is a practicing Catholic.

The pope blessed a rosary that the first lady brought with her on the visit. First lady tweeted that the meeting was "one I'll never forget."

While President Donald Trump has referred to his Presbyterian faith in the past, Melania Trump's religion has rarely been addressed public. They couple married in 2005 at an Episcopal church in Florida, where their son Barron would later be baptized.

Melania Trump visits Pope Francis at Vatican

It's unclear whether the first lady has been a Catholic since her youth or only more recently, but reports of her 2005 wedding said she carried a rosary described as a "family heirloom" in place of a traditional bouquet.

The first lady hinted at her Catholicism when she opened a Trump rally in February with a reading of the Lord's Prayer.

Melania Trump will be the first Catholic to live in the White House since former President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie.

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After meeting with Pope Francis, Melania visited the Bambino Gesu's children's hospital in Rome, praying for a young boy in need of a heart transplant -- and celebrating when she learned he had found a donor.

The Vatican said the meeting was "cordial" and that the Vatican hoped there could be "serene collaboration" between the U.S. government and the American Catholic Church.