Pope Francis told Joe Biden that he could continue to receive Communion despite his position on abortion.
The US president revealed his dialogue with the Supreme Pontiff: “We talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and that I should continue to receive communion,” he said.
US President Joe Biden assured that the Pope told him in his meeting this Friday at the Vatican that he is “a good Catholic” who must “continue to receive communion,” after his country considered withdrawing that sacrament for being in favor of the right to abortion.
Asked if they had discussed their position on abortion rights, Biden replied: “No, we did not. We only talked about being happy that I was a good Catholic and that I should continue to receive Communion. “
The US president revealed it upon his arrival at the Roman Chigi palace to meet with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, which precedes the G20 Heads of State or Government summit to be held in Rome over the weekend.
Biden, the second Catholic to visit the pope after John F. Kennedy in 1963, has been criticized by conservative circles in the American Catholic Church for his stance on abortion rights.
The democrat, a devout Catholic who attends mass every Sunday, was already denied once in 2019 the possibility of receiving Communion due to that political stance. That possibility has resurfaced due to the issue of abortion, guaranteed in the United States since 1973 but turned into a horse. Battle for conservatives in recent decades.
The American bishops voted a few months ago to draft a set of rules to give Communion, among which was not to grant it to abortionists, and therefore to Biden.
But last June, the American Conference of Catholic Bishops released a document stating that it would not formulate a “national policy” banning interactions with politicians.
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Biden revealed to the media that during his unusually long meeting with the Pope, he prayed “for peace,” and Francis prayed for him and blessed his rosary. Asked if they had discussed the United States Conference of Bishops, the president said it was “a private conversation .”
They also agreed that protecting the environment is “a necessity” and “a moral responsibility .”
When asked about this meeting at the Vatican, Jill Biden replied: “It was wonderful, he was wonderful .”