The New York primary is a very big deal this year, with 291 delegates up for grabs and the winner still up in the air. Both Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, are frantically campaigning here and upstate (wherever that is) ahead of April 19th. They are even debating at the Brooklyn Navy Yard next Thursday, April 14th. But Sanders is answering to a higher power on April 15th: He's going to the Vatican to talk about social, economic and environmental issues.

On Morning Joe today, Sanders called himself "a big, big fan of the Pope" (he is),"I was very moved by the invitation. Obviously there are issues we don't agree on—women's rights and gay rights—but he's played an unbelievable role in injecting a moral consequence into the economy... He is talking about the idolatry of money, the worship of money, the greed that’s out there, how our whole culture is based on: ‘I need more and more and more. And, I don’t have to worry about veterans sleeping out on the street or elderly people who can’t afford their prescriptions.’"

In a statement released by his campaign, the Senator said, "I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy. Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world."

If elected, Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish president, not to mention the first president who might have to mediate the Park Slope Food Co-op debate about hummus.

But does this mean Pope Francis is officially a Bernie Bro? Unclear, but the Vatican spokesman has previously declared, "The Pope has clearly said he didn’t want to get involved in the electoral campaign in the US."