Headline RoundupOctober 29th, 2021

Biden Says Pope Told Him to Continue Receiving Communion

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden, a lifelong Roman Catholic, met with Pope Francis on Friday for the first time since his inauguration. While the Vatican canceled its live broadcast of the meeting due to COVID-19 protocols, Biden later told reporters that the pope didn’t mention abortion but said he was a “good Catholic” and that he should continue receiving communion. The meeting comes amid a debate among Catholics over Biden’s support for abortion rights; in June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to write new guidance on communion that, if approved by a two-thirds vote, could be used by conservative Catholic bishops to justify denying communion for Biden. Biden’s meeting with the pope kicks off a diplomatic trip that includes the G20 summit over the weekend and next week’s COP26 U.N. climate change summit. Biden also met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, calling the U.S. failure to notify France of the AUKUS submarine dealclumsy.

Coverage was widespread and mostly balanced across the spectrum on Friday. Coverage in some left-leaning outlets highlighted the upcoming G20 and COP26 summits. One outlet on the right, Washington Examiner, stood out by labeling Biden's statement as “bizarre” in its news coverage.

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