House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Saturday morning amid mounting furor over abortion rights within the US.
A smiling Pelosi gripped the Pontiff’s hand tightly in a collection of images launched by the Vatican. She was escorted by her husband Paul Pelosi — a famous investor — and Patrick Connell, the Charges d’Affaires of the US Embassy to the Vatican, in her go to to the Apostolic Palace.
The papal viewers got here as Pelosi, a lifelong Roman Catholic, has confronted growing criticism from some American bishops for her help of abortion.
“This is about freedom, about freedom of women having a choice about the size and timing of their families,” Pelosi stated final month as she pushed the House to go a invoice that may block state restrictions on abortion.
A federal appeals courtroom on Friday dominated that Texas can resume its near-total abortion ban as a Department of Justice lawsuit difficult the state’s new “heartbeat law” winds its approach by the courts.
Debates have raged amongst US Catholics over whether or not pro-choice Catholic politicians — significantly Pelosi and President Biden — must be barred from receiving communion.
“We must never lose sight of this fact: In the last 50 years, in the United States alone, 66,000,000 babies have been murdered in their mothers’ wombs,” San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone — who leads Pelosi’s dwelling diocese — said in May.
Previously, rumors had swirled in DC that Biden would nominate Pelosi because the US ambassador to the Holy See. The hypothesis was dashed Friday when Biden tapped former Sen. Joe Donnelly for the function.
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, is scheduled for his personal assembly with the pope in just a few weeks when he visits Rome for talks with members of the G20 nations.
Pelosi was in Rome for a gathering of parliamentary leaders in Rome forward of the G20, Reuters reported.