U.S. President Joe Biden is about to fulfill Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as a part of a five-day swing by Italy and the UK for world financial and local weather change conferences.
Mr. Biden plans to debate the coronavirus pandemic, the local weather disaster and poverty throughout his assembly with the pope, based on the White House.
The assembly will happen on October 29, and Mr. Biden will then attend two-day summit of G-20 leaders in Rome, earlier than heading to Glasgow, Scotland for the UN local weather convention often known as COP26.
Mr. Biden, who’s Roman Catholic, usually speaks of his religion in public and attends Mass each weekend. But his political beliefs, together with his assist for homosexual marriage and abortion rights, have at instances put him at odds with Catholic doctrine and introduced controversy and criticism from some leaders of the Catholic church.
Earlier this 12 months, quite a few Catholic Bishops debated denying Mr. Biden Communion over his assist for abortion rights, however ultimately backed away from setting any coverage for politicians and the Eucharist.
Mr. Biden has met with Pope Francis 3 times earlier than — first, when Francis was inaugurated as pope, in 2013, later through the pope’s 2015 go to to the U.S., and once more in 2016, when Mr. Biden visited the Vatican for a convention on regenerative medication, the place he spoke on most cancers prevention.
He retains a photograph of certainly one of his conferences with the pope behind his desk within the Oval Office.
First girl Jill Biden will be a part of her husband for his assembly with the pope.