Pope Francis congratulated Democratic nominee Joe Biden for his reported electoral victory on Thursday, who responded by expressing his intention to work with the pope on issues such as climate change, poverty, and immigration.
Biden thanked the Roman pontiff for “extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation,” according to The Associated Press, and added that he extolled the pope for his “leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world.”
Francis is among several European leaders who have reached out to Biden to affirm his electoral victory, despite lingering litigation in key swing states. Other leaders who have congratulated Biden included British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Roman Catholic clergy have rebuked Biden for his abortion views. As The Daily Wire reported:
The Roman Catholic bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee, urged Democratic nominee Joe Biden to rethink his support of abortion in light of the