For some U.S. Catholics, Biden’s pope visit brings hope of clarity on abortion

 U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One as he departs Washington on travel to Italy from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday is an opportunity to make progress on climate and poverty, as well as bring some clarity to the difficult issue of abortion, say some U.S. Catholics.

A devout Roman Catholic who goes to weekly mass and keeps a photo of the pope on his Oval Office desk, Biden will visit the Vatican on his way to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

“It’s a great opportunity for the world’s last superpower to meet with the leader of the world’s pre-eminent moral power to see what they could do together to advance the common good: whether it’s on poverty, climate change, or overcoming COVID,” said Professor John Carr from Georgetown University.

Biden, a Democrat, has said he personally opposes abortion, but as an elected leader he cannot impose his views. He has also urged the Supreme Court to protect abortion rights.