- President-elect Joe Biden told Pope Francis Thursday that he could not let Donald Trump remain president.
- Biden said he hopes to work with Francis on issues like climate change, poverty, and immigration.
- The news of the call came as some Catholic bishops declined to acknowledge Biden's victory.
United States (SK) — President-elect Joe Biden told Pope Francis Thursday that he could not let Donald Trump remain president. Biden said he hopes to work with Francis on issues like climate change, poverty, and immigration. The news of the call came as some Catholic bishops declined to acknowledge Biden's victory. They argue they shouldn't back him because he supported abortion rights. On Tuesday, for example, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, tweeted that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris support “the slaughter of innocents”. Biden has said he accepts church teachings about abortion on a personal level, but does not want to impose that belief on everyone. Biden has had several phone calls this week with foreign leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The media has congratulated him on winning. The Pope's membership on board has special meaning for Biden. He is only the second Catholic to be elected president in U.S. history and the first since John F. Kennedy. Biden frequently speaks about the importance of faith in his life and attends mass at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, nearly every week.
However, Francis declined to meet with Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in September, citing rules against such sit-downs during election periods. Because of his openness on issues like gay rights, the environment, and religious tolerance, Francis has been welcomed by some liberals as furthering their causes.
Media said the president-elect told the pontiff he would like to work together to further
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a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind.
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