Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss COVID-19 and climate

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is expected to meet Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day tour through Italy and the UK for global meetings on the economy and climate change.

Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis and poverty during his meeting with the Pope, according to the White House. The meeting will take place on October 29, and Biden will then attend the two-day summit of G-20 leaders in Rome, before traveling to Glasgow, Scotland, for the United Nations climate conference known as the COP26.

Biden, who is a Roman Catholic, often talks about his faith in public and attends mass every weekend. But his political views, including his support for same-sex marriage and the right to abortion, have at times put him at odds with Catholic doctrine and have sparked controversy and criticism from some leaders of the Catholic Church.

Earlier this year, a number of Catholic bishops debated Biden’s denial of communion for his support for abortion rights, but ultimately gave up on establishing a policy for politicians and the Eucharist.

First Lady Jill Biden will join her husband for his meeting with the Pope.

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