Pope Francis will meet Joe Biden in the Vatican on October 29. The Pope will talk to the US President about the climate crisis and the fight against the coronavirus, among other things.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement on Thursday that the audience will take place on the eve of the G20 summit in Rome.
Biden and Pope Francis will talk about “working together in efforts based on respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the coronavirus pandemic, fighting the climate crisis and caring for the poor.”
First point of visit in Europe
This will be the first meeting between Franciszek and Biden since assuming the presidency. Biden is the second-ever US president to be a Catholic, although his relationship with the Church in the United States is complicated. In June, the US episcopate – against warnings from the Vatican – voted to create a document that would “clarify” whether Catholic abortion rights politicians – such as Biden – should receive Holy Communion.
The Vatican audience will be the first point of the US President’s visit to Europe. On October 30 and 31, Biden will attend the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome, and on November 1-2, he will attend the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Joe Biden’s spouse, Jill Biden, will also take part in the meeting with Pope Francis, Reuters agency reported.
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