Biden says pope gave family ‘great comfort’ after son’s death

President BidenJoe Biden Trump’s lawyer blamed Pence for causing attack on Capitol: Report that Biden receives communion in Rome Protesters march for climate action in Rome amid G-20 summit MORE got emotional on Sunday when he discussed his relationship with Pope FranciscoPope Francis Biden Receives Communion in Rome Prime Minister of India Invites Pope Francis to Visit Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – President of China Presents Video for Climate Conference MORE, days after the two met at the Vatican.

“Pope Francis has become, I don’t want to exaggerate, he has become someone who has provided great comfort to my family when my son died,” Biden said at a news conference in Rome when asked what he meant to the Pope. call him a good Catholic during their meeting.

Biden said that when the Pope arrived in Washington, DC in 2015 while he was vice president, his son Beau had just passed away. He recalled that the Pope asked to meet with his family in a hangar at the Philadelphia airport, where he spent 10 to 15 minutes talking to the family about his late son.

“I knew about him, I knew what he was doing, I knew what he was, I knew where he went to school, I knew what a man he was,” Biden said, adding that the conversation had a “cathartic impact” on Beau’s boy and first lady. Jill bidenJill BidenThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden does not discuss abortion with Pope Francis Biden has private audience with Pope Francis in Vatican Fox poll showing Youngkin leads McAuliffe by 8 points among likely voters MORE.

“A lot of this is just personal,” Biden said.

Biden did not respond to another question about whether the pope’s comments put an end to the debate in the United States about whether or not he should receive communion.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is expected to release a formal statement next month on the meaning of Holy Communion, which will include whether pro-abortion politicians should be denied taking it.

Biden said Friday that the pope described him as “a good Catholic” and said he should continue to receive communion.

“This is a man who has great empathy, he is a man who understands that part of his Christianity is reaching out and forgiving,” Biden said Sunday of the pope.

Biden also noted that the Pope responded “who am I to judge” when asked about homosexuality and the church, a famous comment he made in 2013.

“He’s a really, really, genuinely decent man,” Biden said. “This is a man who seeks to establish peace, decency and honor, not only in the Catholic Church, but only in a generic way.”

Biden also recalled that the Pope called him when he won the White House in 2020 to tell him that he appreciated that he would focus on the poor and the needs of others during his presidency.

“He is everything I learned about Catholicism,” added Biden.

Biden, the second Catholic president in American history, attends church regularly and promotes his faith as a deeply personal aspect of his life.

His meeting with the Pope lasted 90 minutes, and the two exchanged gifts, including a presidential challenge coin and a hand-woven chasuble worn by the Pope’s Jesuit order.

He also thanked the Pope for his defense of the world’s poor and those who suffer from hunger, conflict and persecution.

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