Friday, September 30, 2022

Biden: Pope told me I should “keep on achieving equivalence”

Rome – In a face-off at the Vatican, President Joe Biden held an extended and highly personal conversation with Pope Francis on Friday and said the pontiff told him he was a “good Catholic” and should continue to receive communion, although conservatives They have been called out of sacrament because of their support for abortion rights.

Two of the world’s most prominent Roman Catholics ran overtime in their discussions on climate change, poverty and the coronavirus pandemic, a heated conversation that also touched on the loss of the president’s adult son and included jokes about aging well.

Biden said the issue of abortion did not come up in the meeting. “We just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and that I should keep getting Communion,” Biden said.

The president’s support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage has put him at odds with several American bishops, some of whom have suggested that he should be denied Communion. US bishops are due to meet at their annual fall convention in mid-November, and just weeks after their boss spends so much time with Biden, he will find himself debating a possible rebuke of the US president that all his subsequent meetings take an hour. canceled for. .

Videos released by the Vatican showed several warm, relaxed moments between Francis and Biden as they repeatedly shook hands and smiled. Francis often wears a scary look, especially in official photos, but he seemed to be in good spirits on Friday. The private meeting lasted about 75 minutes, according to the Vatican, with the pontiff more than twice the normal length of the audience,

The pair sat opposite each other at a desk in the papal library, accompanied by a translator. They then proceeded to exchange gifts and an extensive meeting including the First Lady and top officials.

“Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict and oppression,” the White House said. “He commended Pope Francis’s leadership in fighting the climate crisis, as well as his advocacy to end the pandemic for all through vaccine sharing and a equitable global economic recovery.”

Biden takes pride in his Catholic faith, using it as a moral guide to shape his social and economic policies. He wears garlands and participates in the weekly month.

After leaving the Vatican, Biden said they had an “amazing” meeting and that the Pope prayed for him and blessed his rosary. He said the prayer was about “peace”.

A dozen Swiss guards in their blue and gold striped uniforms and red-winged halberds stood at attention in the San Damaso courtyard when Biden and his wife, Jill, arrived. He was greeted by Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, who runs the papal house, and then one by one greeted the Pope usher, or papal gentlemen, who stood in the courtyard.

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