President-elect Joe Biden and Pope Francis meet in 2015.
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The president-elect Joe Biden received a blessing: nothing more and nothing less than Pope Francisco.
This Thursday, the Democrat had a telephone conversation with the Pontiff, with whom he spoke about climate change, immigrants and other issues, but the reason was the victory in the November 3 elections.
The call highlights why Biden will be the second Roman Catholic president after John F. Kennedy.
“President-elect Joe Biden spoke with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning”, Biden’s transition team said.
The Pontiff expressed “his blessings and congratulations”, in addition to thanking Biden for promoting peace and reconciliation.
“The president-elect expressed his desire to work together on the basis of a common belief in the dignity and equality of all humanity on issues such as caring for the marginalized and the poor, addressing the climate change crisis, and embracing and integrating immigrants and refugees in our communities, “said the Democrat’s team.
Biden is a practicing Roman Catholic. On election day he went to mass. After announcing his eventual triumph, he did too. On both occasions he visited his son’s grave Beau en Greenville, Delaware.
Catholic leaders have expressed their enthusiasm for Biden’s position. The Jesuit priest James Martin –And author of the books Learning to pray and Jesus: a perennial– He explained that during his triumph speech, the president-elect had mentioned the song “On the wings of the eagles.”
“Catholic Explanation: ‘On the Wings of the Eagles’ is a popular Catholic hymn recently mentioned by our Catholic President-elect @JoeBiden as much loved by his family,” said Martin, who is also editor of Jesuit magazine. American Magazine and consulted the Vatican News.
Catholic explainer: “On Eagles’ Wings” is a popular Catholic hymn just mentioned by our Catholic President elect @JoeBiden as beloved by his family. (Me too.)
– James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) November 8, 2020
Other leaders congratulate him
President-elect Biden has received the congratulations of virtually all world leaders, although the list is missing the Chinese Xi Jinping and the mexican Andrés Manuel López Obradoras well as the Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro.
The democrat has established telephone communication with the leaders of Francial, Emmanuel Macron; Germany, Angela Merkel; the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and this Tuesday other leaders joined the list: that of Australia, Scott Morrison; Japan, Yoshihide Suga, and the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.
With all common themes, they are cooperation in strategic areas, in addition to joining efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery and climate change.
In the case of Japan and the Republic of Korea, the importance of “strengthening the alliance” for security in the Indo-Pacific region was touched upon.
While, the government of the Mexican López Obrador has tried to justify the reasons why the president-elect has not congratulated, even the Mexican Embassy in the US pointed out that the position is based on the Constitution of his country, on the “independence of the peoples”, to defend that they will wait the conclusion of lawsuits in courts initiated by the president Donald Trump, who accuses electoral fraud, but without hard evidence so far.
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