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The President’s one on one meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis began around noon local time on Friday, October 29, 2021 and it went on for 90 minutes.
Biden’s motorcade departed Villa Taverna, the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Rome, at 11:43 a.m. local time. The drive took the motorcade through Rome’s city center, where onlookers lined the sidewalks watching, waving, and using their cellphones to record the motorcade. The vehicles passed many of the sights that the president drove past after arriving in the early morning hours today.
Upon arrival at the Vatican, the President and the First Lady were be greeted by Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, Head of Papal Household.
According to those present at the meeting, the engagement between President Biden and Pope was very warm when the delegation arrived in the room. The White House told The Pavlovic Today that “there was laughter” from which was immediately clear President Biden and Pope Francis were able to establish good rapport.
On Covid-19, President Joe Biden and Pope Francis discussed what the developed world can do to help the rest of the world. Senior administration official revealed the Pope was “generally was driving the proposition that this is really an urgent situation and those countries with the capacity to donate more should donate more.”
Biden’s message on Covid-19 pandemic was that the “US is actually trying to move heaven and earth from a production perspective, to get doses out the door as rapidly as possible.”
President Biden and Pope Francis did not discuss abortion. “We just talked about the fact that he was happy I was a good Catholic,” said Biden. The topic came up, but senior administration declined to elaborate on to what extent abortion was discussed during the private meeting.
President Biden confirmed that the the Pope said a prayer for him and vice versa. “I did, and he said one for me,” Biden revealed the details of the encounter adding that the he prayed about “Peace.”
According to President Biden, the Pope blessed his rosary.
Joe Biden and Pope Francis talked about climate. The two discussed the “need” and “moral responsibility” to deal with the issue. “The pope was also very focused on the impact of climate on the marginalized and disadvantaged communities of the world,” senior administration official told The Pavlovic Today.
President Biden said he did not take communion today. Asked whether he and Pope Francis discussed the US conference of bishops, president Biden said that’s a “private conversation.”
A vehicle in the President’s motorcade departing Vatican City en route to Quirinale Palace was involved in a minor accident. No serious injuries were sustained however out of an abundance of caution, passengers are being evaluated by US medical personnel.