Biden riceve la comunione durante la messa a St. Patrick’s Church in Rome after saying Pope Francis told him he could continue to take the holy sacrament
Joe Biden took communion when he attended mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Rome on Saturday night, the day after the president said Papa Francesco told him he could continue to take the Holy sacrament.
First lady Jill Biden accompanied him to the religious service.
The English-speaking church is the main place of worship for the American Catholic community in Rome and is located near the U.S. Embassy. Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended mass there earlier this month when she was in Rome for a meeting of legislative leaders of G20 nations.
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, stopped at the church after his first day of meetings at the G20 summit. He and the first lady are scheduled to attend a formal gala for the leaders of the world’s biggest economies later Friday evening.
While Biden regularly receives Communion in his home dioceses in Washington and Delaware, it was significant that he also received Communion in Rome. The pope technically is the bishop of Rome, and while he delegates that to his vicar, St. Patrick’s parish is technically in the pope’s archdiocese. Come tale, Biden received Communion in the pope’s archdiocese.
Di 30 people were at the Mass, and security guards ringed the aisles. The Bidens sat in the last row that had been roped off as ‘reserved.’
Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Joe Ciccone and two concelebrating priests. Biden waved to two women in the rows in front of him as he arrived with Jill by his side. No special announcement was made at the start of Mass.
The president put U.S. currency in the collection basket.
Before the collection was taken, a layman said from the altar that the parish welcomed all, including visitors, and noted that the parish receives no funding from the archdiocese of Rome or the Vatican.
Il presidente, un devoto cattolico, regularly attends Mass in Washington or near his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Porta i grani del rosario che appartenevano al figlio defunto Beau e tiene una foto di se stesso e del Papa dietro la sua scrivania nello Studio Ovale nella prima fila di foto accanto a quelle con la sua famiglia.
President Biden and Pope Francis with their translators at their private meeting at the Vatican on Friday
The Bidens attended mass at St. Patrick’s, the English-speaking church that is the main place of worship for the American Catholic community in Rome
The Church of Saint Patrick at the Villa Ludovisi was one of the national churches in Rome of Ireland until 2017 when it became the national church of the United States of America. It is also known as St. Patrick’s Catholic American Parish in Rome
Presidente Joe Biden, first lady Jill Bide and Pope Francis during their private meeting at the Holy See – the Vatican released pictures of the meeting after it ended
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, and Pope Francis with the American and papal delegations
During their meeting, Biden gave Pope Francis a handwoven chasuble from 1930 from Holy Trinity Church in DC, where he often goes to Mass. An accompanying note says as gift to pope, the White House also will donate winter clothing to charities as part of World Day for the Poor
Presidente Joe Biden, un devoto cattolico, tiene una sua foto e quella di Papa Francesco sulla sua scrivania nello Studio Ovale, si vede in alto a sinistra del presidente
Biden revealed on Friday that Pope Francis told him he’s a ‘good Catholic’ and that the two men did not discuss the controverial issue of abortion during their 75-minute sit down behind the closed doors of the Vatican.
He also said the pope told him to keep receiving communion.
‘We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion,’ Biden said after the meeting.
Biden met with the pontiff amid pressure from conservative Catholics in the United States about his abortion stance.
Gli Stati Uniti. Conference of Bishops is weighing whether to admonish Catholic politicians like Biden and Pelosi, who support a woman’s right to an abortion – which Catholics consider a sin – yet also take Holy Communion at mass.
Biden said he did not take communion Friday. Asked whether he and Pope Francis discussed the U.S. Conference of Bishops, the president replied that’s a ‘private conversation.’
He also said that he and the pontiff exchanged prayers for one another. The president said he prayed for ‘peace.’
And he revealed Pope Francis blessed his son Beau’s rosary beads that he wears around his wrist. Beau Biden died in 2015 from brain cancer.
He said they talked about climate change, including the ‘need’ and ‘moral responsibility’ to deal with it during their meeting.
Biden’s time with the pope on Friday was longer than either of his two predecessors’ with the pontiff.
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, was scheduled to be with the Pontiff for only an hour but received extra time. Nel 2017, Francis met then President Donald Trump for 30 minuti e, nel 2014, Francis met with then President Barack Obama per 52 minuti. Biden’s meeting with Pope John Paul, nel 1980, in contrast, was only 45 minuti.
The meeting was ‘wonderful,’ Biden told reporters afterwards.
During their meeting, Biden presented Francis a woven chasuble, or liturgical vestment, made in 1930 by the famed papal tailor Gamarelli and used by the pope’s Jesuit order in the U.S., where it was held in the archives of Holy Trinity Church, Biden’s regular parish in Washington. Presidente John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic U.S. president, also worshipped at Holy Trinity.
‘I hope you find this gift from the United States appropriate,’ Ha detto Biden.
Biden also presented the pope with a presidential challenge coin.
‘I’m not sure this is appropriate, but there’s a tradition in America. That the president has what is called a command coin,’ the president explained.
Biden said it was meant for ‘warriors and leaders.’
‘And you are the most significant warrior for peace I’ve ever met,’ Biden told the pope.
The president said that while the U.S. seal adorned the front of it, the back was unique.
‘But I know my son would want me to give this to you because on the back of it I have the state of Delaware and the 261st, the unit my son served with,’ Egli ha detto, referencing the late Beau Biden and his service in Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard.
‘The tradition is, and I’m only kidding about this, the next time I see you you don’t have it, you have to buy the drinks,’ Biden continued. ‘I’m the only Irishman you’ve ever met who’s never had a drink,’ the president added.
The pope spoke back to Biden in Italian, though was heard making a joke about whiskey.
Nel frattempo, Papa Francesco, 84, gave Biden, 78, a ceramic tile depicting the iconography of the pilgrim, as well as a collection of the pope´s main teaching documents, the Vatican said.
It was the fourth time the two men have met.
Il primo ministro Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden ahead of their meeting on Iran
Presidente Joe Biden (estrema sinistra) poses with G20 leaders in Rome, Italy on Monday in advance of the two-day summit, which marks the first time in two years the leaders will have met in person
Biden’s sitdown with Pope Francis came as his administration is fighting Texas‘ legge sull'aborto, la legge più restrittiva della nazione, che vieta l'aborto una volta che viene rilevato il battito cardiaco fetale e che normalmente avviene dopo sei settimane e prima che molte donne sappiano di essere incinta.
In mid-November the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene in Baltimore to debate whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be admonished for receiving Communion.
Nel frattempo, Biden’s administration touted a win on the first day of G20 on Saturday when his fellow world leaders endorsed his plan for a global minimum tax.
The leaders of the world’s top economies backed Biden’s plan during their plenary session, after they took a group photo and before Biden sat down with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss Iran.
‘The leaders all came out in support of a global minimum tax,’ a senior administration official said after the meeting. ‘The president emphasized the importance of this historic deal during his intervention. The president also mentioned that while we don’t see eye to eye on every issue, we can tackle shared interests.’
The new global minimum tax of 15 percent is aimed at reversing the decades-long decline in tax rates on corporations across the world. L'amministrazione, led by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, pushed for the tax for months. The plan was already endorsed by the finance ministers of each country but was formally endorsed by leaders on Saturday.