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Pelosi meets pope as abortion debate rages back home

PoliticsOct 09, 2021 01:47PM ET
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5/5 © Reuters. Pope Francis welcomes U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as they meet at the Vatican, October 9, 2021. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS 2/5

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN 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.

Their meeting took place several weeks before Joe Biden is expected to meet the pope while the U.S. president is in Rome for talks between leaders of the Group of 20 major economies.

Biden, the second Catholic U.S. president, has said he is personally opposed to abortion but, as a politician, cannot impose his views. Pelosi, who has five children, has said she supports a woman's right to choose.

Biden's administration and Pelosi have urged judges to block a new Texas law which bars abortions from six weeks, saying it is unconstitutional. The ban was temporarily reinstated on Friday by a conservative-leaning appeals court.

The Catholic Church teaches that human life begins at the moment of conception and Biden and Pelosi have been criticised by conservative Catholic media and U.S. conservative bishops, some of whom say neither should be allowed to receive communion.

Last month the pope, asked about the U.S. communion debate, told reporters abortion is "murder", even soon after conception, and appeared to criticise U.S. Catholic bishops for dealing with the issue in a political rather than pastoral way.

"Communion is not a prize for the perfect ... communion is a gift, the presence of Jesus and his Church,” the pope said.

In June, a divided conference of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops voted to draft a statement on communion that some bishops say should specifically admonish Catholic politicians, including Biden. They take up the issue again next month.

In a statement, Pelosi said the audience with the pope was a "spiritual, personal and official honor". She praised his defence of the environment, immigrants, refugees and the poor.

The Vatican announced Pelosi's audience with the pope in its daily bulletin but gave no details.

After Pelosi met former Pope Benedict in 2009, the Vatican said he had told her that legislators and other public figures should help create "a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development".

The archbishop in Pelosi's home city of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, has said public figures who support abortion should be denied communion in his archdiocese and has urged Catholics to pray for Pelosi's "conversion of heart".

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., has not tried to stop Biden, a regular church-goer, from receiving communion.

Biden's meeting with the pope will be the first since his election although they have met several times before, including when he was vice-president to Barack Obama.

Pelosi is in Rome for a Parliamentary Speakers' Summit ahead of the G20 as well as a meeting of parliamentary leaders before of the U.N. Climate Change Summit (COP20) next month in Glasgow.

Francis told the parliamentarians separately on Saturday they had a decisive role to play in protecting the environment.

The Vatican announced on Friday that the pope would not be going to Glasgow but that its delegation would be headed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the secretary of state.

Pelosi meets pope as abortion debate rages back home
 

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William Smith
William Smith Oct 10, 2021 4:21PM ET
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Two leftists meeting is never a good thing.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 10, 2021 4:21PM ET
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you really need to seek psychological help if you actually believe the Pope is a leftist
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Oct 09, 2021 11:16PM ET
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So, women have "right to ******* there unborn children, but nobody has the right to reject a covid's shot, so someone will "probably not" die? Liberal lunacy.
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Oct 09, 2021 11:16PM ET
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not Lunacy - HYPOCRISY.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 09, 2021 11:16PM ET
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who is forcing you to take a covid shot?  is this another one of those fake outrages from conservative snowflakes complaining about nothing?
king michael
king michael Oct 09, 2021 8:00PM ET
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Can this pair get along ... ?
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Why is the pope meeting with a raging democrat ?
William Smith
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Because he's a raving leftist.
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as a 100th Generation Catholic..this Papa ( Pope) is part of the Beast..
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hhhhmmmm --exorcism time? 🙏🙏
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She is disgusting.
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both are disgusting .
 
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