President Joe Biden revealed on Friday that Pope Francis told him he’s a ‘good Catholic’ and that the two men did not discuss the controverial issue of abortion during their 75-minute sit down behind the closed doors of the Vatican. He also said the pope told him to keep receiving communion.
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, met with the pontiff amid pressure from conservative Catholics in the United States about his abortion stance.
The U.S. Conference of Bishops is weighing whether to admonish Catholic politicians like Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who support a woman’s right to an abortion – which Catholics consider a sin – yet also take Holy Communion at mass.
He also said that he and the pontiff exchanged prayers for one another. The president said he prayed for ‘peace.’
And he revealed Pope Francis blessed his son Beau’s rosary beads that he wears around his wrist. Beau Biden died in 2015 from brain cancer. He said they talked about climate change, including the ‘need’ and ‘moral responsibility’ to deal with it during their meeting.
Biden’s time with the pope on Friday was longer than either of his two predecessors’ with the pontiff.
During their meeting, Biden presented Francis a woven chasuble, or liturgical vestment, made in 1930 by the famed papal tailor Gamarelli and used by the pope’s Jesuit order in the U.S., where it was held in the archives of Holy Trinity Church, Biden’s regular parish in Washington. President John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic U.S. president, also worshipped at Holy Trinity. Biden also presented the pope with a presidential challenge coin.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis, 84, gave Biden, 78, a ceramic tile depicting the iconography of the pilgrim, as well as a collection of the pope´s main teaching documents, the Vatican said.
JUST IN: Asked if the issue of abortion came up during his meeting with Pope Francis, Pres. Biden responded, “No, it didn’t…We just talked about the fact that he was happy I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 29, 2021
President Biden gives Pope Francis a presidential challenge coin at the Vatican.
“If next time I see you and you don’t have it, you have to buy the drinks.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 29, 2021
President Joe Biden to Pope Francis: “You are the most significant warrior for peace I’ve ever met.”
— CNN (@CNN) October 29, 2021
Source: The Daily Mail