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U.S. President Biden says Pope told him he should keep receiving Communion

U.S. President Joe Biden stated on Friday that Pope Francis had informed him he ought to preserve receiving Communion, amid fierce debate within the U.S. Church over Biden’s place on abortion.

Biden has come beneath stress from conservatives at house and his most ardent critics within the U.S. Church hierarchy have stated he needs to be banned from receiving communion, the central sacrament of the religion.

Requested if the subject of abortion got here up throughout a protracted assembly with pope within the Vatican earlier on Friday, Biden stated no. He stated the pope informed him he was joyful he was Catholic and he ought to “preserve receiving communion”.

The president, who goes to weekly Mass commonly and retains an image of the pope behind his desk within the Oval Workplace, has stated he’s personally against abortion however can’t impose his views as an elected chief.

Final month, requested concerning the U.S. communion debate, the pope informed reporters that abortion is “homicide”. However he additionally appeared to criticise U.S. Catholic bishops for coping with the difficulty in a political moderately than a pastoral manner.

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