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Politics President Biden, Pope Francis to meet at Vatican in late October

20:29  14 october  2021
20:29  14 october  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

Pope meets Pelosi as abortion debate rages back home

  Pope meets Pelosi as abortion debate rages back home Pope meets Pelosi as abortion debate rages back homeVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis met on Saturday with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who has come under criticism from some bishops in the United States for her support for abortion rights.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican during a trip to Europe in late October, the White House announced Thursday.

  President Biden, Pope Francis to meet at Vatican in late October © Provided by NBC News

Biden will meet with the pope in Vatican City on Oct. 29 where, according to the White House, they plan to discuss “working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and caring for the poor.”

Biden, a devout Catholic who regularly attends mass, is only the second Catholic president in U.S. history.

A faction of conservative bishops in the U.S. have argued Biden should be denied communion, a integral part of the Catholic mass, over his position supporting legal abortion. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are drafting new guidance that could instruct priests to deny communion to some public officials. Francis recently suggested to reporters he does not support the effort.

Pope opens two-year consultation on Catholic Church future

  Pope opens two-year consultation on Catholic Church future Pope opens two-year consultation on Catholic Church futureVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday launched a two-year worldwide consultative process that could change the way the Roman Catholic Church makes decisions and leave its mark long after his pontificate is over.

Biden and the first lady are traveling to Rome for the G20 Leaders’ Summit scheduled for Oct. 30 to 31. After the event, Biden is expected to visit Glasgow, United Kingdom from Nov. 1 to 2 to attend the World Leader Summit at the start of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the announcement said.

Ahead of the event, the Catholic Church and other religious leaders recently called for action on climate change, an issue that the pope has been outspoken about.

Pope Francis has been in the news over the last few months as he’s urged faster distribution around the world of Covid-19 vaccines. Earlier this month, the pope also spoke out against the execution of a death row inmate who was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 convenience store robbery.

MIT grapples with early leader's stance on Native Americans .
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s. But another part of his legacy has received renewed attention amid the nation's reckoning with racial justice: his role in shaping the nation’s hardline policies toward Native Americans as a former head of the U.S. office of Indian Affairs and author of “The Indian Question,” a treatise that justified forcibly removing tribes from their lands and confining them to remote reservations.

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