Biden confirms he will meet Pope at Vatican at G20 summit as president fights to protect abortion rights and Catholic bishops threaten to deny communion to politicians who support terminations
- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will meet Pope Francis later this month when he is in Rome to attend the G20 leaders’ summit
- The White House confirmed on Thursday that the president and the first lady will visit the Pope at the Vatican on October 29
- Their meeting comes during Biden’s campaign to protect abortion rights and a threat from Catholic bishops to deny communion to pro-choice politicians
- They will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and caring for the poor, said press secretary Jen Psaki
- Biden will meet with world leaders at the G20 on October 30 and 31, then travel to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on November 1 and 2.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set Halloween as the deadline to get Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill and reconciliation bill over the line
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will meet Pope Francis on October 29 as they travel to Rome to attend the G20 leaders’ summit, the White House confirmed on Thursday.
“They will work together in efforts based on respect for basic human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the climate crisis and caring for the poor,” press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
It is unclear whether they will discuss abortion amid President Biden’s efforts to protect rights and crack down on the Republican state that is limiting terminations.
Biden is only the second Catholic president of the US, but some Roman Catholic bishops have urged that he be denied communion because of his support for abortion rights.
The president has lashed out at Republicans for trying to make abortion laws more restrictive, calling the recent six-week ban in Texas “extreme” and saying it “is a blatant violation of the constitutional right enacted under and for nearly half a year.” century is maintained as precedent’.
Biden (left) and Pope Francis (right), with Senate leader Mitch McConnell behind them, wave from a balcony near the United States Capitol after the Pope addressed a joint session of Congress in September 2015
Pope Francis (left) then greets Vice President Joe Biden (right) at the Vatican in April 2016, before President Donald Trump was elected. Biden’s son Hunter (second from right) and son-in-law Howard Kerin (center) standing next to him
Biden will meet world leaders at the G20 on October 30 and 31.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set Halloween as the deadline to pass Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill and the multi-trillion atonement bill.
The infrastructure bill has already passed the Senate, so you just need a house vote to get to the president’s office. Reconciliation negotiations are underway.
From Italy, Biden will travel to Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate change conference and attend meetings on November 1 and 2.
Biden spoke about his relationship with Pope Francis last October when he addressed the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner from Wilmington’s Queen theater due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Biden spoke about his first meeting with Pope Francis during the Pope’s 2013 inauguration at the Vatican.
“When I greeted him, he said, ‘Mr. Vice President, you are always welcome here,’ said Biden. “He really sent a message to the world to put up a welcome sign in the front door of our church.”
Biden also mentioned Pope Francis’ trip to the White House in 2015 – when he was in office with President Barack Obama – and said it gave him a sense of “hope and possibility together” like his visit to the Vatican in 2013.
“And for me it came at a very personal moment, a very difficult time in my family’s life. Our son Beau had just passed away a few months earlier,” Biden said. “Pope Francis took the time to meet all my family to help us see the light through the darkness.”
As vice president, Biden also traveled to the Vatican in April 2016 for a stem cell conference.
At the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, Biden said his friendship with Pope Francis was proof that “anything is possible” in the US
“I live in a great country, we all live in a great country,” Biden said. “Where an Irish Catholic kid like me from Scranton, Pennsylvania would one day befriend a Jesuit Pope.”
“But that’s who we are as a country,” Biden said.
Biden attends Mass with grandchildren Hunter, Finnegan and Natalie during his trip to Wilmington, Delaware last weekend