VATICAN CITY (AP) – President Donald Trump has gifted Pope Francis a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr.
Trump presented Francis with the books after a private meeting at the Vatican Wednesday. The White House notes that Francis spoke about King and his civil rights legacy during his address to Congress in 2015.
The White House said the set includes the five books King wrote in his lifetime. Each one is custom bound and the books are in a custom display case. A piece of granite from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial in Washington is also included.
The White House says the gift “honors Dr. King’s hope, vision, and inspiration for generations to come.”
Trump also gave Francis a bronze sculpture. Named “Rising Above,” the White House says it “represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow.”