Biden to Meet Pope and Attend Talks on Climate Change in Europe

US President Joe Biden plans to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican later this month, the White House said Thursday.

“They will discuss working together in efforts based on respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, and caring for the poor,” the White House said in a statement. The statement said First Lady Jill Biden would also take part in an audience with the Pope.

The meeting on October 29 took place on the eve of the two-day G20 leaders’ summit in Rome. At the summit, Biden hopes to reach an agreement on a minimum tax on global corporate income of 15 percent to ensure businesses do not continue to evade taxes, according to the news agency. Reuters, which quoted a White House official.

Biden will then attend the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1-2. The official said President Biden would announce “important actions.”

Biden, the second Roman Catholic president after John F. Kennedy, will meet with Pope Francis while some Catholic bishops in the US have rebuked Biden for his support for abortion rights.

Biden’s delayed visit to Europe will be his second overseas trip during his presidency. Biden attended the EU summit in Brussels in June and later met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva. [lt/jm]

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