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Biden holds private meeting with Pope Francis on sidelines of G7 summit


BARI, Italy — President Joe Biden met with Pope Francis privately Friday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Italy.

“The leaders emphasized the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and a hostage deal to get the hostages home and address the critical humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” the White House said in a readout of their meeting.

Biden also thanked Pope Francis for the Vatican’s efforts to address the humanitarian impacts of the war in Ukraine, the White House said.

When asked about the meeting as he boarded Marine One, Biden gave a thumbs up and told a pool of reporters “it went well.”

The pontiff became the first pope to attend G7 discussions and is choosing to focus his attention on artificial intelligence, both its technological advantages and potential dangers.

The meeting between Biden, who attends Mass weekly, and the leader of the Catholic church came days after a jury found the president’s son Hunter Biden guilty of gun crimes related to his drug addiction. Biden, who frequently talks about the importance of his family and the loss of two of his children and his first wife, has pointed to his faith as having guided him through difficult times.

Biden last met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in October 2021, when the president praised him as “the most significant warrior for peace I’ve ever met.”

The two have exchanged written messages since then, a senior administration official said.

During his interview with special counsel Robert Hur last year, Biden said he was still in touch with the pontiff during a discussion on some folders that included one labeled “Papal Visits.”

“I still communicate with the pope, you know what I mean. But is it constant? No. Anyway,” he said, according to the transcript released by the White House.

Later, during some crosstalk, Biden joked: “He’s my ticket.” As the group laughed, he replied: “That was a joke.”

In Puglia, the pope is expected to have one-on-one meetings with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy, France’s Emmanuel Macron, India’s Narendra Modi, Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kenya’s William Ruto and Algeria’s Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to the Vatican.

While Francis, 87, has said he intends to serve in his role for as long as his health will allow, there has been some speculation about a potential transition plan for the future. One possible successor is Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the archbishop of Bologna. Biden met with him in the Oval Office last summer, where they discussed, among other things, the Vatican’s advocacy for the safe return of forcibly deported Ukrainian children.

Biden has known the pope since 2013, when then-President Barack Obama tapped the nation’s first Catholic vice president to lead the American delegation to Rome for Francis’ inauguration.

The president later recalled that in his first brief meeting with the newly installed pontiff, Francis embraced him and said, “You’re always welcome here.”

In 2015, three months after Biden’s eldest son, Beau, died of brain cancer, the pope held a private audience with the president and his family before wrapping up a multiday visit to Philadelphia.





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