Pope Francis spent 2017 fiercely countering Trump's political moves

In his fourth year of the papacy, Pope Francis continued his track record of bluntly sharing his political opinions on the state of the world, particularly the decisions of President Donald Trump's administration.

The pope was vocal on both hotly debated American issues, like DACA, and growing international crisis, like climate change and rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Before the pope met Trump in May, he made several politically-charged remarks aimed at American policy.

In April, the pontiff decried a poorly named U.S. weapon -- the M.O.A.B. (mother of all bombs), saying he was “ashamed” that the word “mother” was used in conjunction with a military weapon. Later in the month, he urged mediation as a way to end the U.S conflict with North Korea, saying he believed “a good part of humanity” would be destroyed from a war between the two nuclear-armed nations.

Pope Francis invites the poor to lunch following mass 

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A general view shows the Paul VI audience hall where Pope Francis welcomes 500 people in need and those who assist them to have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
SAINT PETER'S BASILICA, VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - 2017/11/19: Pope Francis celebrates a mass on the occasion of the first World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Vatican on November 19, 2017. On Sunday morning in St. Peters Basilica, four thousand poor and needy people, accompanied by volunteers from Italy, France, Spain, Brussels, Luxembourg and Poland take part in a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. (Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) speaks with people around a table at the Paul VI audience hall where 500 people in need and those who assist them will have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) delivers a speech at the Paul VI audience hall where 500 people in need and those who assist them will have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A Swiss Guard stands in St Peter's basilica during a Holy mass to mark the first World Day of the Poor, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) arrives at the Paul VI audience hall where 500 people in need and those who assist them will have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows the Paul VI audience hall where Pope Francis (top C) welcomes 500 people in need and those who assist them to have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows Pope Francis arriving to have a lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis arrives for a lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis speaks before sharing a lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis leads a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Cardinals and bishops attend a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor led by Pope Francis (not pictured) in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis leads a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Cardinals and bishops attend a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor led by Pope Francis (not pictured) in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis leads a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis has lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Those comments came shortly before Pope Francis finally met Trump, who visited Rome with first lady Melania Trump, who revealed her Catholic faith shortly thereafter, in May. The Catholic leader took the opportunity to gift the new U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the environmental effects of climate change, a topic the two sparred briefly about during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

They also had a private 30-minute meeting with translators, from which the two reportedly emerged relaxed. The pontiff even shared a joke with Melania about the president’s diet, asking her in Italian "What do you give him to eat?" and blessed the first lady's rosary beads.

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Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: US First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The president will return to Italy on Friday, attending the Group of 7 summit in Sicily. Trump will also visit American troops stationed in at a US air base in Sicily. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania meet Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania are greeted by Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania meet Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool
US First Lady Melania Trump shakes hands with officials as she arrives at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican today in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) walks along with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican today in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Evan Vucci (Photo credit should read EVAN VUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (C) walks past US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and the daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (L) at the end of a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican today in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alessandra Tarantino (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24 : U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and his wife Melania (L) are welcomed by Monsignor Georg Gaenswein as they arrive at the Vatican for their audience with Pope Francis, on May 24, 2017. (Photo by Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: US First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The president will return to Italy on Friday, attending the Group of 7 summit in Sicily. Trump will also visit American troops stationed in at a US air base in Sicily. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
A girl takes a selfie with U.S. first lady Melania Trump at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
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Before parting Pope Francis gave a small sculptured olive tree to Trump, saying that it symbolized peace and that it was his desire for the new U.S. leader to “become an olive tree to construct peace.”

Trump responded: "We can use peace."

But the letter on climate change did not appear to sway the president, who announced in June that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Accord on climate change. The decision drew Vatican criticism, as one official described it as a “slap in the face” to both the pope and Vatican.

While the two figures were often at odds, the pair found common ground when it came to the global discussion and would-be intervention of then-dying infant Charlie Gard.

Gard, a terminally-ill British infant, suffered from a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, leaving him unable to move his arms or legs or breathe without the help of a machine.

Both the pontiff and Trump responded to Gard’s parents offering their support for the baby in face of a British hospital’s recommendation that the 11-month-old’s life should end, citing that further therapies would not help and would only further hurt Gard. Before the world leaders were able to intervene, Gard’s parents lost a legal battle to keep the infant on life support and he passed in late July.

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Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are battling to take their baby Charlie to the US for treatment against advice from doctors that he should be taken off life support arrive at The High Court in London, Britain April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are battling to take their baby Charlie to the US for treatment against advice from doctors that he should be taken off life support arrive at The High Court in London, Britain April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are battling to take their baby Charlie to the US for treatment against advice from doctors that he should be taken off life support arrive at The High Court in London, Britain April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Chris Gard, who is battling to take his baby Charlie Gard to the US for treatment against advice from doctors that he should be taken off life support arrives at The High Court in London, Britain April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Connie Yates, who is battling to take her baby Charlie Gard to the US for treatment against advice from doctors that he should be taken off life support arrives at The High Court in London, Britain April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, walk through the grounds of the Royal Courts of Justice on April 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Their crowdfunding campaign raising money for treatment in the US for their eight month old son, Charlie Gard, reached its target of �1.2million this past weekend. Charlie suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease and is the subject of a dispute over life-support between the Great Ormond Street specialists who are treating him and his parents. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, walk through the grounds of the Royal Courts of Justice on April 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Their crowdfunding campaign raising money for treatment in the US for their eight month old son, Charlie Gard, reached its target of �1.2million this past weekend. Charlie suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease and is the subject of a dispute over life-support between the Great Ormond Street specialists who are treating him and his parents. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, walk through the grounds of the Royal Courts of Justice on April 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Their crowdfunding campaign raising money for treatment in the US for their eight month old son, Charlie Gard, reached its target of �1.2million this past weekend. Charlie suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease and is the subject of a dispute over life-support between the Great Ormond Street specialists who are treating him and his parents. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Parents of Charlie Gard, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, walk through the grounds of the Royal Courts of Justice on April 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Their crowdfunding campaign raising money for treatment in the US for their eight month old son, Charlie Gard, reached its target of �1.2million this past weekend. Charlie suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease and is the subject of a dispute over life-support between the Great Ormond Street specialists who are treating him and his parents. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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By September, the two publicly disagreed again when the pope called the president out over his stance on the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of the issues he often speaks passionately about.

The president announced that he initially wanted to end the five-year-old dreamer program set to protect undocumented immigrant children who entered the country as minors, the pope responded saying he hoped that Trump would re-think his decision.

"The president of the United States ... presents himself as a man who is pro-life. If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and you have to defend its unity," Pope Francis said in an apparent swipe at Trump. 

As many of the pope’s chief political concerns with Trump remain unsolved at this point in the president’s tenure we can expect the Catholic leader's jabs at Trump’s decisions to continue.

President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis

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Pope Francis meets U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/pool
Pope Francis exchange gifts with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/pool
Pope Francis meets U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/pool
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania, and the U.S. delegation pose with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump stands next to Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool
Pope Francis (C) walks past US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and the daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump (L) at the end of a private audience at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican today in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alessandra Tarantino (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man raises a U.S. flag minutes before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: US President Donald Trump arrives to meet Pope Francis, on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Vatican Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24 : U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania (R) arrive at the Vatican for their audience with Pope Francis, on May 24, 2017. (Photo by Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: US President Donald Trump is welcomed by the prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein as he arrives at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The president will return to Italy on Friday, attending the Group of 7 summit in Sicily. Trump will also visit American troops stationed in at a US air base in Sicily. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
Archibishop Georg Ganswein escorts U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump who arrive to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump arrives to meet Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool
Pope Francis meets U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool
Pope Francis meets U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool
Pope Francis meets U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin after a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania talk with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool
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