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UNRWA chief meets pope, after Trump cuts millions of dollars in aid for refugees


Pope Francis exchanged initial words with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General for UNRWA, a UN Agency that helps and protects five million Palestine refugees.

Preparing to discuss refugees, which both are passionate about, they wanted to make sure they understood the other. 

POPE FRANCIS
“Because I don't speak good English, I need a translator.”

PIERRE KRÄHENBÜHL
Commissioner-General for UNRWA

“I understand Spanish quite well, but the back and forth is confusing, confusing.”

Afterward, the commissioner gifted Pope Francis a UNRWA notebook, before he introduced additional members to the pope. In turn, each received a medal by the Holy Father, with an additional one for a specific girl, perhaps a Palestinian refugee they had spoken about.

POPE FRANCIS
“And please give this on my part to her.”

The U.N. Agency has recently requested funds from Arab nations, after President Trump cut millions of dollars in aid. Pierre described it as “the most severe crisis” in the agency's history and mentioned that politics over Jerusalem as the Israeli capital also influenced it.