The President of the United States Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be received at the Vatican by Pope Francis on October 29, the White House announced.
“They will discuss ways to work together, with respect for human dignity, to put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, tackle the climate crisis and take care of the less fortunate,” according to a press release.
Joe Biden is an ardent Catholic who often refers to his faith in public and rarely loses office, especially when he is in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
He is also a staunch supporter of the right to abortion, which has upset the American Catholic clergy.
The “hot” issue of abortion
The American Catholic Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) voted overwhelmingly this summer to draft a text on “importance of society in the life of the Church“, Which could result in her refusal to politicians who support abortion.
“It is private and I do not think it will happen“, Joe Biden had answered, when asked about this text.
THE Φραγκίσκος expressed his appreciation, speaking in more general terms that the Church has no mission to take political positions: “What should the priest do? “To be a priest, not to condemn,” he had stressed.
«If you step out of the pastoral role of the Church, you will become a politician“, He pointed out, while expressing his fear of abortion, which he compares to”murder».