Biden, Pope Francis Meet Amid Controversy Over Abortion

Posted on AllSides October 29th, 2021
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Religion and Faith, Joe Biden, Pope Francis, abortion, climate change
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President Biden, the second Catholic president in American history, traveled to the Vatican on Friday for a meeting with Pope Francis that is expected to focus on climate change but has been overshadowed by controversy among church leaders over the president’s support for abortion rights.

Some U.S. bishops say that Catholic politicians who support legal access to abortion should be barred from Communion. In a little more than two weeks, at their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, U.S. bishops are expected to debate whether to make a collective statement to that effect. But...

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