President Joe Biden will meet with Pope Francis on Oct. 29 before attending a two-day summit of G20 leaders in Rome where he hopes to reach agreement on a Global Minimum Tax of 15%, a White House official told Reuters.
On the second foreign trip of his presidency, Biden will then attend the U.N. climate conference known as COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, from Nov. 1-2 and announce “key actions” on the conference’s top themes, including goals for fighting climate change and forest and land use, the official said.
Biden’s visit with the pope comes as some Roman Catholic bishops in the United States have sought to admonish Biden for his support of abortion rights. Biden is a Catholic who attends church regularly. His wife, Jill Biden, will also attend the meeting with Pope Francis.
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The White House has announced that President Biden will travel to Rome at the end of the month for the G-20 summit. He and @FLOTUS will also visit Vatican City and meet with Pope Francis.
From Italy, Biden will go to Glasgow to participate in the COP26 climate conference.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) October 14, 2021
Biden to meet with pope 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.” pic.twitter.com/gJhPrSvrOR
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