Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss Covid-19, climate


WASHINGTON: President Joe biden is ready to meet Pope Francisco when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day tour of Italy and the UK for global economic and climate change meetings.
Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the 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 G20 leaders in Rome, before heading to Glasgow, Scotland, for the UN climate conference known as COP26.
Biden, who is a Roman Catholic, often speaks of his faith in public and attends Mass every weekend. But his political views, including his support for gay marriage and abortion rights, at times they have put it in disagreement with Catholic doctrine and have provoked controversy and criticism from some leaders of the Catholic Church.
Earlier this year, several Catholic bishops debated denying Communion to Biden for his support for abortion rights, but ultimately refrained from 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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