Pope Francis has joined world leaders in congratulating United States President-Elect Joe Biden on his victory in the 2020 presidential election.
According to a press release from the camp of Biden, Pope Francis and Biden had a phone conversation where they discussed working together on issues such as equality, climate change, and immigration. (Read: US Bishops Welcome Joe Biden As 46th President of The United States)
“The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness’ leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world,” the statement said. (Read: A Look Into the Pope’s Relationship With World Leaders)
While Pope Francis has not publicly congratulated Biden, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni has confirmed that a call between the Pope and Biden took place but he did not comment on what the phone call was about.
Biden, who is set to become the second Catholic president after former President John F. Kennedy, has included climate change issues in his agenda. Specifically, he plans to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on the first day of his presidency. He also said that his government will be allocating more than $2 trillion on shifting the US from fossil fuels to renewable energy. (Read: 3 Ways Apple Inc. Helps in the Fight Against Climate Change)
Moreover, Biden also expresses his support for equality and plans to reform immigration. His stance on these three areas had some Catholic voters calling him more pro-life than President Donald Trump. This is despite Biden’s pro-choice stance on abortion.
Incidentally, these three issues are also of great importance to Pope Francis. (Read: These Instances Prove That Pope Francis Supports Equality) In fact, the Pope has repeatedly called on world leaders to take more action in confronting them.