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President Biden expected to meet Pope Francis at end of October, sources say

Andrea Gagliarducci   By Andrea Gagliarducci for CNA

Then-Vice President Joe Biden meeting Pope Francis after both leaders spoke at a conference on adult stem cell research at the Vatican April 29, 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Vatican City, Sep 28, 2021 / 11:40 am (CNA).

Pope Francis is expected to receive Joe Biden on Oct. 29, in the U.S. president’s first official visit to the Vatican since his inauguration, according to sources at the Apostolic Palace.

The sources told CNA on Sept. 25 that their information came directly from the Prefecture for the Pontifical Household. Though encounters with heads of state are diplomatic occasions, the Prefecture is responsible for the organization and protocol around the meetings.

Another independent source told CNA that preparations were underway at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the first loads of trucks and equipment for the visit were already on their way to Rome.

The White House said on Sept. 22 that Biden would meet with the French President Emmanuel Macron in Europe at the end of October.

Asked if there were plans in the works for a papal meeting, a White House spokesperson told CNA on Sept. 28 that there was “nothing to announce.”

The Vatican does not usually give advance notice of visits by heads of state. Generally, information is provided just a few days before meetings take place. The Holy See tends to confirm the visit only after the head of state makes an official announcement.

According to the sources, Biden’s trip would be an official visit. First, the president would have a meeting with Pope Francis. Then there would be bilateral talks in the Secretariat of State with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States and the Vatican’s equivalent of a foreign minister.

Biden met Pope Francis for the first time in September 2015, when the pope attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. At the time, Biden was vice-president of the Obama administration.

Biden visited the Vatican on April 29, 2016, to participate in a regenerative medicine summit.


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21 Comments

  1. An “official visit” between abortion-defender, gender-theory-promoter and head-of-state Joe Biden–and the pope. Great!

    We are reminded of equally primitive times when another barbarian and cultural leader, Attila, was met by Pope Leo I in A.D. 452, in the River Mincio near Mantua, in an earlier official visit of sorts. And for some reason it was Attila who decided to reverse course, and not to sack Rome or violate the population.

    It is recorded that Pope Leo came in grand procession, including a monstrance containing the Real Presence. “A procession of priests and monks…approached. It was being led by an old man with a white beard, dressed in white, upon a white steed.”

    How might Catholicism be self-understood–or, instead, be compartmentalized and redefined–by the current visit? Will Eucharistic coherence be dissolved into the modernday monologue called dialogue? No record of Pope Leo giving or enabling Communion to Attila.

  2. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wasn’t going to act – but bluster only – before Pope Francis meets Biden and certainly won’t act subsequently.

    Pelosi vindicated.

    Meanwhile, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ continues to be received in any manner under the guise of indifferent bishops…1Cor. 11:27 be damned.

  3. Pope Francis should be warned ahead of time That all Catholic Art,Icons,Statues,Cross’s and other images of the faithful. Be covered up or removed to the basement at wherever they meet.Nothing has changed since May 27th,2009 When Father Jenkins at Notre Dame set the templet on how Catholics behave when “The One We’ve Been Waiting For” enters the room.Obama/Biden Evil rolls on unabated.It’s how they roll.

  4. If Pope Francis doesn’t talk to Biden about his sanctioning and funding the murders of the unborn, the Catholic Church is done. Jesus promised to be with us to the end of the age, and this will either signify that end or will confirm that Jesus isn’t with the Church. Please, God, even a Jesuit could understand the teaching Your Son gave us.

  5. I can now hear the lamentations – or the silence – of the extremist rightist Catholics who feel they are the only Catholics and President Biden and Pope Francis are not.

    • “Extremist rightist Catholics”…oh you must be referring to those who are normal and trying to survive your Woke World.

    • Who are these ‘extremist rightist Catholics’ you claim in comments but don’t actually identify?

      Is it extreme to demand that the Catholic president avoid the Holy Eucharist when he not only talks but uses his power to clearly destroy the Catholic Church’s infallible – by the Ordinary Magisterium-teachings on morality? Either the Church has the objective truth or it doesn’t. What of the grave sin of Scandal???

      Pope Francis refuses clarity -and is proud of it- in not clarifying Church doctrine on morality. Confirmation of this is the self-determination of the Church in Germany as the most extreme example.

      How about asking the Pope to be a Pope as understood in the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

  6. Optics are understood by CNA’s Gagliarducci, why his sources are necessarily secondary informants on both sides. Vatican and Washington seek to avoid an embarrassing, hypersuspect nullification of such a grand political religious encounter. Leo the Great and Attila nicely analogized by Beaulieu inspire added comment. How do they match Biden and Francis? Perhaps an answer might start with faithful Pope Francis devotees both modernist and ultramontanist, Pope Saint Francis I meets Emperor Constantine. For the devilish traditionalist [the Pope said so] devilishly rigid ideologue [similarly] we might imagine something similarly foolish, Leon Trotsky meets Martin Luther. Realistically, for those who love the Church we want, pray for a different outcome. Pope Francis today met President Biden with remarkably wonderful results. In a joint announcement to the world Francis first said due to the very favorable response to his recent comments condemning the sins of abortion and euthanasia, he was compelled by the Holy Spirit to urge the President to reconsider his in effect duplicitous position on the practice of Catholicism and political expediency. After long discussion on the primacy of revealed truth compared to human law, that the inviolable sanctity of human life, a religious issue that is primarily a natural law first principle, and that the right to life is therefore a first principle justice issue and the basis of any and all jurisprudence – the President changed his previous views and agreed with the Pontiff assuring him he would no longer promote or advance abortion, euthanasia, and also transexuality [now pansexuality] since human life is sacred and inviolable. As ordained by God.

    • In yet another historic meeting, St. Francis confronted the Sultan Malek al-Kamil at Damietta on the Nile Delta, then under siege by an army of the Fifth Crusade. His message was the peace of Christ, more than the halfway house of humanistic fraternity…

      In the Paradiso, Canto XI, Dante says that St. Francis actually sought martyrdom and, that failing this, he left. In the mid thirteenth century, fearful of the Mogul invasions, other Franciscans made their way to Mongolia in unsuccessful efforts to convert the Khan, and with the remote possibility of even joining in an alliance against Islam. One of these (John of Pian de Carpine, 1180?-1252) had been a companion of St. Francis (See Daniel Boorstin, “The Discoverers,” 1983).

      But today, with the meetings of the perennial Catholic Church with Islam, China, and now the banner-carrier puppet for the abortion culture and gender theory—-already we have the betrayal of China, politic “pluralism” with Islam, and amnesiac sleep-walking with what’s left of the West.

      How will any focus on such historic catastrophes—-also “seeds of truth”!—-survive the continental and yet internally fragmented note-taking of the Synod on Synodality (“walking together”)—-if the successor of the Apostles (!) remain cast only or “primarily as facilitators”?

  7. How does a Pope confront an evil ruler who was not even elected legitimately and supports the murder of babies in the womb? We shall see, and it will tell us everything we need to know about Francis.

    • They are bound at the ideological hip. Tragically what is about to be boldly illustrated before our eyes will only serve to confirm what we already know. Shamelessness reigns.

  8. The leftists are trying to use this exposure to the Pope to prove how much of a faithful Catholic Biden really is. When he is NOT. It would be smart of some Cardinal to clue in the Pope to this reality. They seek to get his approval in even a tacit way in order to move on along their own disordered agenda. This is not unlike the VERY poor deal the Vatican made with the rulers of China. This has benefited the Chinese church not at all. THIS visit will only do more damage to the Church in the US. Its a faint hope that maybe the Pope will tell Biden in no uncertain terms to shape up in regards to abortion. But I would not make any bets on that happening.

  9. Transcript of the secret Biden – Francis Social Justice Warrior meeting:

    “C’mon man! I’ve already pushed the most liberal abortion agenda, threw our borders wide open, and committed scandal in receiving the Eucharist. What more do you want?”

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