WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 29.
Biden and the pope “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 Psaki said in a statement Thursday.
First lady Jill Biden also will attend the meeting.
Biden’s meeting with the pope comes amid a debate over whether the nation’s second Catholic president should receive communion because of his support for abortion rights.
Pope Francis weighed in on the debate last month, saying he had never refused communion to anyone. Bishops should “be a pastor, don’t go condemning,” he said.
The meeting with the pope will take the day before Biden attends the G-20 summit of world leaders in Rome.
Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.