Biden to meet Pope Francis to discuss climate change and support for poor

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The White House said on Thursday that President Joe Biden will meet with Pope Francis later this month to discuss how the US and the Vatican can work together on issues ranging from climate change to better treatment of the poor.

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A statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated that the talks would include “efforts made in respect of fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis and caring for the poor”.

The meeting will take place on October 29, two days before the US is set to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. This will also happen while the leaders of the G20 are meeting in Rome.


Mr. Biden is an active member of the Catholic Church and frequently attends Mass upon his return home in Wilmington, Dela. She has faced criticism from some conservative members of the church for her stance on abortion rights, which her administration has defended since she took office in January.

That issue has recently led to the implementation of a ban on abortion after six weeks into pregnancy in Texas, as well as by Mississippi state attorneys in Roe v. Wade, charged back to media attention with an attempt to overturn the historic Supreme Court. The case for establishing abortion as a protected medical practice.

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