The Roman Pontiff, Jorge Mario Bergoglio also known as Pope Francis on Friday met with United States President, Joe Biden at the Vatican.
According to a White House correspondent, the leaders sat through a 90-minute long meeting which was for the most part warm and fuzzy.
“President Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict, and persecution. 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,” the White House said in a statement.
The meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is coming just before the G-20 meeting commences.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed over whether the two men would discuss abortion and the President’s pro-choice stance, Psaki said on Wednesday that they’re focused on areas of consensus.
“There’s a great deal of agreement and overlap with the President and Pope Francis on a range of issues — poverty, combating the climate crisis, ending the Covid-19 pandemic,” Psaki said. “These are all hugely important, impactful issues that will be the centerpiece of their discussion when they meet.”