The President of the US Joe Biden said that Pope Francis told him to continue to receive Communion as the two discussed many issues including climate change, poverty and the pandemic.
The two also touched on various personal issues like the President’s loss of his son as well as aging.
Biden’s progressive democratic views over abortion and LGBT marriages worsened his perception by many bishop who argue that Biden should not be given Communion.
However during the meeting with Pope Francis such topics like abortion were avoided, according to the President.
“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion,” He said.
Usually the meetings with the Pope do not last long however this time Biden had spent nearly 75 minutes which is twice as much as the Pope’s meeting usually last.
“Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict, and persecution,” the White House said in a statement.
“He lauded Pope Francis’ leadership in fighting the climate crisis, as well as his advocacy to ensure the pandemic ends for everyone through vaccine sharing and an equitable global economic recovery,” it added.
Biden considers himself a proud Catholic and often appeals to Christian values.