Biden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit

Biden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit
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President BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Biden gets personal while pitching agenda Biden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit MORE will have an audience with Pope FrancisPope FrancisReligion and the G-20: With faith, we can move mountains The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Biden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit MORE on Oct. 29, the White House announced on Thursday. 

“They will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and caring for the poor,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews MORE said in a statement. 

The president will then attend the Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders’ Summit on Oct. 30 and 31 in Rome. Psaki said more information about individual bilateral meetings on the margins of the summit will be forthcoming.

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Biden will travel from Rome to Glasgow to participate in the World Leader Summit at the start of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Nov. 1 and 2. 

Biden, only the second Catholic president in U.S. history, has faced backlash from American bishops over his stance on abortion. The president regularly goes to church and touts his faith as a deeply personal aspect of his life.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in June to proceed with drafting a formal statement on the meaning of Holy Communion, which will include whether pro-choice politicians like Biden should be denied it.

The decision runs counter to the wishes of the pope, who has cautioned American bishops against denying communion to politicians and warned that communion can’t be used as a political weapon. 

Earlier this month, Biden nominated former Indiana Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit Biden taps former Indiana Sen. Donnelly as ambassador to Vatican Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (D) to serve as ambassador to the Holy See.