President Biden will meet Pope Francis on Oct. 29 in Vatican City throughout his journey to Rome for the G20 Leaders’ Summit later this month, the White House mentioned Thursday. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned first woman Jill Biden can even meet with the pope.

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“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. 

The president, a religious Catholic, has been scrutinized for his assist of abortion policies. Over the summer time, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted overwhelmingly to draft a proper doc on the which means of the Eucharist after a contentious debate on whether or not Biden and different politicians supportive of abortion policies are worthy of receiving Communion. The vote tally introduced Friday was 168 bishops in favor, 55 opposed, and 6 bishops abstaining. 

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Biden, who attends Mass frequently, says he personally opposes abortion however does not assume he ought to impose that place on Americans who really feel in any other case. He’s taken a number of govt actions throughout his presidency that have been hailed by pro-choice advocates.

At least two-thirds of the bishops would have to vote to undertake the brand new language at their subsequent gathering slated for November. The resolution on whether or not Biden ought to be allowed to obtain Communion would nonetheless be left up to particular person bishops, as is normal for all churchgoers, however a brand new doc would inform these choices. 

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Over the summer time, the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., the place the Bidens attend Mass when he’s within the nation’s capital, mentioned the church “will not deny the Eucharist to persons presenting themselves to receive it.” 

“As Pope Francis recently reaffirmed, communion should be viewed ‘not as a prize for the perfect, but as a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak,'” the church quoted the pope as saying. “None of us, whether we stand in the pews or behind the altar, is worthy to receive it. The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be made a political issue.”

The go to to the Vatican will come earlier than the president participates within the G20 Leaders’ Summit on Oct. 30 and 31 in Rome. The White House mentioned further particulars about “individual bilateral engagements on the margins of G20 will be forthcoming.” 

After the summit in Rome, Biden will journey to Glasgow, United Kingdom to take part within the World Leader Summit on Nov. 1 and a pair of, at first of the twenty sixth Conference of the Parties tot he UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.