Pope Francis and President Biden may meet on June 15

According to sources in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the first meeting between Pope Francis and US President Joe Biden might take place on June 15.

Jun 05, 2021

Pope Francis and US Vice President Joe Biden at the International Conference on Regenerative Medicine in Vatican on April 29, 2016. (Vatican Media)

According to sources in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the first meeting between Pope Francis and US President Joe Biden might  take place on June 15. 

President Biden might travel to  Rome for a meeting with Pope Francis before immediately flying to Geneva for his scheduled summit with  Russian President Vladimir Putin  on June 16, according to the source.  Although the meeting has not been  confirmed, another source from the  Vatican Secretary of State said that  the meeting “is likely to occur.”

President Biden is currently scheduled to be in Europe for the NATO  summit, which will take place in  Brussels on June 14. According to  a June 3 White House statement, he is scheduled to participate in the  US-EU summit on June 15, and will  meet with leaders of Belgium.

Several days after Biden’s election to the presidency, Biden and  Pope Francis had a phone conversation. The circumstances of the call  were unique, as popes generally do  not communicate directly with the  president-elect but rather send official greetings once new presidents  are installed.

If confirmed, the meeting – technically speaking, a papal audience  – will occur while Biden has yet to  appoint a new ambassador to the  Holy See.

President Biden is scheduled to  travel to Europe in June to participate  in several international summits in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and  Switzerland. 

He will meet with British Prime  Minister Boris Johnson on June 10  before attending the G7 summit and  meeting leaders of major industrialised nations. He and his wife are  scheduled to meet with Queen Elizabeth II on June 13.

On June 14, Biden is scheduled to participate in the NATO summit in Brussels, and meet with Turkish  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Later in the week, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will gather virtually for their spring plenary session from June 16-18; at the meeting,  the bishops are expected to deliberate and vote on the process of drafting a document regarding Eucharistic coherence. 

A proposed outline for the document includes a section on “Eucharistic consistency,” described as,  “The nature of eucharistic communion and the problem of serious sin.”

The topic of Communion for  Catholic politicians who support permissive laws on evils such as abortion and euthanasia has grown more  salient since Biden’s election to the  presidency; he is only the second  Catholic US president, and supports  taxpayer-funded abortion.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago  and other bishops recently sought  to delay the discussion on Eucharistic coherence, but the president  of the US Bishops’ Conference,  Arch-bishop Jose Gomez of Los  Angeles, has said the discussion will  proceed as planned.––CNA

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Paula Flannery Pflannery22@ Comcast.net
It is time to talk about this and be honest. What is pleasing to God? This question’s answer is indisputable. Hopefully, the pope and President Biden will have an audience and God’s will will prevail.