Pres. Biden to meet Pope Francis amid some rifts with US bishops

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FILE- September 24, 2015. (AP photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(AP) – There’s an intriguing subplot to President Joe Biden’s upcoming meeting with Pope Francis. The world’s two most prominent Roman Catholics will be celebrating a shared outlook on church teaching and vital social issues even as Biden faces unwavering opposition from many U.S. Catholic bishops over his stances on abortion and LGBTQ rights.

Less than three weeks after Biden’s visit to the Vatican on Friday, the American bishops will convene in Baltimore, with one of the agenda items inspired in part by conservatives who contend that Biden’s support for abortion rights should disqualify him from receiving Communion.

Though any document that emerges is not expected to mention Biden by name, it’s possible there could be a clear message of rebuke.

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