On September 24, 2015 Pope Francis addressed Congress
Pope Francis called President-Elect Joe Biden spoke by telephone on Thursday to offer “Blessings and Congratulations” on his victory.
For Catholics Joe Biden, 77, election win is a huge deal. Biden is only the second Catholic elected to the U.S. presidency, after John F. Kennedy in 1960.
In a statement released by the Biden transition team, it was revealed that…
“The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness’ leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world.”
Biden “expressed his desire to work together on a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind. He expressed interest in 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.”
During the brutal 2020 campaign against President Donald Trump, Biden quoted Pope John Paul II, frequently invoked his Irish Catholic roots, and pledged to “restore America’s soul” after four years of acrimony.
Biden is a devoted Catholic and regularly carries a rosary that belonged to his late son Beau Biden. Pope Francis has a continued strained relationship with Trump throughout his presidency and even before he was elected president. During the 2016 election campaign, the Pope pointed out that someone who thinks about building walls instead of bridges “is not Christian.” in response to Trump’s campaigning on building a wall at the U.S. Mexico border. Then in 2016, he called Trump’s wall project on the United States-Mexico border “madness.”
Trump’s response to Pope Francis’s criticism was to fire back, saying: “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”
Biden first met Pope Francis in 2013 as vice president, serving with President Barack Obama. In 2015, Biden and Obama welcomed Pope Francis to Washington, where he addressed Congress’s joint meeting on September 24 of that year.
Then-Vice President Biden also met Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, including a meeting in the Pope’s Vatican office on June 3, 2011.
Pope Francis calls U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden to congratulate him