Wednesday, August 17

Biden and Pope Francis speak at the Vatican this Friday

The president of United States, Joe Biden, meets this Friday in Rome with Pope Francis, in a meeting that both are expected to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and poverty.

Biden is the second Catholic president of USA after John F. Kennedy, and regularly attends mass on Sundays. However, he supports abortion and gay marriage, in an obvious sign of his separation between politics and religion.

Biden and the Pope have already met three times, but this will be the first since his arrival at the White House.

The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, predicted a hot meeting between the two heads of state on Thursday.

“There is a great agreement and agreement between the president and Pope Francis on a number of issues: poverty, fighting the climate crisis, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Psaki.

“These are issues of great importance and impact that will be at the center of what you discuss when you meet.”

Later in the day, the US president will meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, the national security adviser reported during the flight to Europe, Jake Sullivan.

Biden will try to iron out the differences caused by the signing of a treaty with Australia and Great Britain which annulled a multi-million dollar contract for the construction of submarines between France and Australia.

The president will participate in two major global summits, one in Rome of the Group of 20 this weekend and the other on climate in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday and Tuesday.

With the presence of the presidents of China and Russia, Xi Jinping y Vladimir Putin, eAt the two summits, Biden will assume leadership in both forums, where he will be able to advance the Western agenda, especially on the issues of overcoming the pandemic and climate change.

Voice of america