President Biden’s Meets with Pope Francis at G7 Summit

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.15 - 2024 4:41 PM CET

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Their meeting centered on urgent humanitarian concerns.

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and His Holiness Pope Francis convened today during the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Apulia, Italy, underscoring urgent calls for a ceasefire and a hostage resolution amidst escalating crises in Gaza and Ukraine.

Addressing Global Humanitarian Crises

The meeting between President Biden and Pope Francis centered on urgent humanitarian concerns, particularly in Gaza and Ukraine.

Both leaders emphasized the critical need for an immediate ceasefire to alleviate suffering and pave the way for humanitarian assistance.

President Biden expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for the Vatican’s efforts in addressing the humanitarian impacts of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, highlighting initiatives to reunite kidnapped Ukrainian children with their families.

Advocacy for the Vulnerable

President Biden commended Pope Francis for his unwavering advocacy on behalf of the poor, persecuted populations, and those affected by climate change and global conflicts.

The discussions underscored the shared commitment to championing human rights, promoting peace, and addressing the root causes of global crises.

Collaboration and Appreciation

The meeting also reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and the Vatican on global issues of mutual concern.

President Biden expressed deep appreciation for Pope Francis’s leadership in promoting social justice and compassion on the world stage, recognizing his efforts to bring attention to pressing humanitarian issues.