Pope Francis greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after both spoke at a conference on adult stem-cell research at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016, file photo. (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis and Joe Biden spoke by phone on Nov. 12 and the pontiff congratulated the president-elect, who in January will become only the second Catholic president in United States history.
According to an official read-out from the transition team working with Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Biden received Francis’ blessings and the two expressed a commitment to work together on a series of overlapping signature issues, including immigration and environmental protection.
“The President-elect expressed his desire to work together on the basis of a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind on issues such as caring for the marginalized and the poor, addressing the crisis of climate change, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities,” said the statement.
Francis’ phone conversation to Biden comes at a time when President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election, yet leaders from around the world have reached out to Biden to offer congratulations.
The president-elect, according to the read-out, “noted his appreciation for His Holiness’ leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world.”
Biden has previously met in person with Francis on several occasions. In 2013, he led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Francis’ pontificate. In 2015, he welcomed Francis for his first-ever visit to the United States and, a year later, Biden spoke at a Vatican conference on healthcare.
Francis, said Biden of the encyclical, asks the questions, “that anyone who seeks to lead this nation should be able to answer.”
[Christopher White is NCR national correspondent.)
Yes, Trump may have won a lawsuit in Pensylvania, but it will not affect the ultimate result for Joe Biden. None other than Pope Francis has phoned President-elect Joe to congratulate him on his win.
As opposed to Trump’s in-house Spiritual Advisor, who stamped around the White House calling upon “Angels from Africa” to come in and defeat Joe Biden in favour of her boss Donald Trump; here we have the world’s top Roman Catholic congratulating Joe on his election as the next POTUS.
On balance, this would seem to be a more probable source of spiritual knowledge than that which Mr Trump has arrogated to himself in the White House.
The question now is: When will the Donald give up on his claim to have been victorious in this Electoral Race? Will he have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the Oval Office? One hopes that, for the sake of America’s prestige amongst the nations of the world, Trump will soon retire to his golfclubs – as far from Washington as possible.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand