Pope Francis Encourages Biden to ‘Respect the Rights and Dignity of Every Person’ Including ‘Those Who Have No Voice’

Former Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Pope Francis in a photo that was part of a Biden presidential campaign ad uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 28, 2020. | YouTube/Joe Biden

In a letter to President Joe Biden, Pope Francis urged the new commander-in-chief to “respect the rights and dignity of every person,” including “those who have no voice.”

According to the Vatican, the pontiff opened his letter to Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday, by saying: “On the occasion of your inauguration as the forty-sixth president of the United States of America, I extend cordial grand wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.”

Biden is the second Catholic to serve as President of the United States. While Biden has spoken openly about his faith and made it a campaign issue, he has come under criticism from Catholic leaders over his support for abortion, which Catholic doctrine teaches is a grave evil. In one case, a Catholic priest in South Carolina refused to give then-candidate Biden communion, citing his abortion advocacy.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley

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