The American President met Pope Francis at Vatican

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A significant fact of this week: American President met Pope Francis at Vatican one-on-one for around 90 minutes Friday. Biden is the first Catholic president in more than 50 years. Biden, who attends Mass regularly, says he personally opposes abortion but doesn’t think he should impose that position on Americans. Is a subject of interest in politics but was not a subject from the meeting between the President and the Pontif. “There’s a great deal of agreement and overlap with the president and Pope Francis on a range of issues – poverty, combating the climate crisis, ending the COVID-19 pandemic – these are all hugely important, impactful issues that will be the centerpiece of what their discussion is when they meet,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki declared. With world leaders set to gather for the climate summit, Francis calls for ‘radical’ action.

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During their meeting, Mr. Biden thanked Francis for his advocacy for the world’s poor and people suffering from hunger, conflict and persecution. A White House official described the engagement as very warm and said there was laughter and a clear rapport between the two men. Francis gave Mr. Biden an image painted on ceramic of a pilgrim on his way to St. Peter’s Basilica. Mr. Biden closed the videotaped part of his meeting with a joke to the pope: “You’re 65, I’m 60. God love you.”The Vatican visit was the prelude to a five-day diplomatic marathon that is crucial not just for Mr. Biden, but also for the world.