President Biden plans to meet with Pope Francis in Rome later this month, the White House introduced Thursday.
Biden, the second Catholic president, usually speaks about wanting to meet the progressive pope and can accomplish that on Oct. 29 on the Vatican.
Biden and first woman Jill Biden will “visit Vatican City and have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis on October 29,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned in a press release.
“They will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and caring for the poor,” Psaki mentioned.
Biden might be in Italy for a G20 summit as a part of his second overseas journey as president. He reportedly plans to push for a world minimal tax on companies through the convention. Biden additionally plans to attend an anti-global warming summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1-2.
Biden’s assembly with Francis will comply with a summit final week between the bishop of Rome and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The pope, 84, and Pelosi, 81, disregarded COVID-19 precautions customary in the US and met with out masks indoors. Biden turns 79 subsequent month.
Francis has swatted at a push by extra conservative clerics to deny Communion to politicians who help authorized entry to abortion.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone mentioned in May that Pelosi wasn’t entitled to Communion due to her help of abortion rights and that “she’s respectful enough not to do anything so provocative.”
The pope final month dismissed the sentiment. “The pastor knows what to do. In every moment that he leaves the church’s pastoral path, he immediately becomes a politician,” he mentioned.