Biden-Francis meeting on October 29 in Vatican City
The White House said on Thursday that President Biden will meet Pope Francis on October 29 in Vatican City during his visit to Rome for the G20 leaders’ summit later this month.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said First Lady Jill Biden would also meet with the Pope.
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“They will discuss working together on efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle the climate crisis, and respect fundamental human dignity, including caring for the poor,” Saki said.
The president, a devout Catholic, has been investigated for his support of abortion policies. During the summer, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted overwhelmingly to draft a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist, following a contentious debate over whether Biden and other politicians who supported abortion policies would communion. are eligible to receive. The vote tally announced on Friday was 168 bishops in favour, 55 opposed, and six bishops did not participate.
Biden, who regularly attends Mass, says he personally opposes abortion, but doesn’t think he should impose that position on Americans who feel otherwise. He took several executive actions during his presidency, which were appreciated by pro-choice advocates.
At least two-thirds of the bishops must vote to adopt the new language at their next meeting in November. The decision on whether Biden should be allowed to receive Communion will still be left to individual bishops, as is standard for all church-goers, but a new document will inform those decisions.
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Over the summer, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., where Bidens attends Mass when it is in the nation’s capital, stated that the Church “does not deny the Eucharist to persons who present themselves to receive it.” will do.”
The church quoted the pope as saying, “As Pope Francis has recently confirmed, the communion should be seen not as a ‘reward for the whole, but as a potent medicine and nourishment for the weak’.” “None of us, whether we are standing in the shrine or behind the altar, deserve to receive it. The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be a political issue.”
The visit to the Vatican will be preceded by the president’s participation in the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome on October 30 and 31. The White House said that “additional details regarding individual bilateral engagements on the margins of the G20 will be forthcoming.”
Following the summit in Rome, Biden will travel to Glasgow, United Kingdom, to attend the World Leaders Summit on 1 and 2 November, the start of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.