President Joe Biden’s visit with Pope Francis was not carried live as previously planned, but leaked video clips show Biden awkwardly joking with Pope Francis, through a translator, about who will pick up the bar tab the next time they meet.
During their 90-minute meeting, Biden gave Pope Francis a presidential challenge coin etched with his son Beau Biden’s military unit number.
“I know my son would want me to give this to you,” Biden said, placing the coin in the pope’s palm, saying that it was for “warriors and leaders,” while adding that Francis was the “most significant warrior for peace” Biden “had ever met.”
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Joes with the pope
He then joked with the pontiff, “Now the tradition is, and I’m only kidding about this, next time I see you, and you don’t have it, you have to buy the drinks.”
He then told Pope Francis, “I’m the only Irishman you’ve ever met who’s never had a drink.”
The pope responded by saying that he likes whiskey. It would be an awkward occasion, however, for the pope to buy Biden a drink, as Biden doesn’t consume alcohol.
As The Hill reported, Biden also joked about their ages — the pope is 84, and Biden is 78.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? You’re 65. I’m 60,” Biden said, in another attempt at humor.
Abortion not discussed
Biden said later that the two didn’t talk about abortion, and he claimed that the pope said Biden was a “good Catholic” who should continue receiving communion. This is despite the fact that Biden supports abortion rights, which goes against a basic tenet of the Catholic Church that places high value on human life, including the life of the unborn.
The two men also prayed together, Biden said. “I did, and he said one for me,” the president said, adding that he had prayed for peace.
Biden also said that Pope Francis blessed his rosary, but that he didn’t take Holy Communion with the pope during the visit.