US President Joe Biden, a practicing Catholic, and his wife Jill will be received at the Vatican by Pope Francis on October 29. Biden’s visit to the Vatican will take place before his participation in the G20 summit in Rome, on October 30 and 31. Then Italy will go to the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.
Both “will discuss ways to work together for the respect of human dignity, for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, to face the climate crisis and in favor of the poor,” the White House said in a statement.
Biden, 78, attends Mass at least once a week. John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president of the United States. Biden often quotes Scripture and usually carries around his left hand a rosary from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, that his son Beau wore on the day he died of brain cancer in 2015.
When he took office in January, Francisco warmly congratulated him and said he hoped his decisions were “guided by a concern to build a society marked by authentic justice and freedom.”
The Pope’s last call to Biden
The Pope Francisco had contacted the president of the United States by phone, Joe Biden, to congratulate him on his victory in the elections of November 3 of last year.
“The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending his blessings and congratulations, and expressed the I appreciate your leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation and the common bonds of humanity around the world, ”Biden’s team reported.
And he added: “The president-elect expressed his desire to work together based on a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humanity, on issues such as caring for the marginalized and poor, the approach to the crisis of the climate change and the integration of immigrants and refugees in our communities ”.
The communication was given after the Vatican considered Biden as “president-elect” via an article on his official site earlier this week, despite legal actions initiated by former president Donald Trump for alleged fraud.
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