“This is a man who has a lot of empathy. He is a man who understands that part of his Christianity is to be achieved and forgiven,” Biden told reporters. “And so I find my relationship with him one in which I personally take a lot of comfort. He’s a really, really genuine man.”
Biden did not directly answer a reporter’s question that sparked his reflection on the pope, who focused this summer on conservative bishops devising a plan to deny communion to the president because of his support for abortion. The president turned to the subject and instead recounted the Pope’s visit to the U.S. in 2015 shortly after the death of Beau Biden, the son of the then vice president.
“And he came and talked to my family for quite some time – 10, 15 minutes about my son, Beau,” Biden recalled. “And he didn’t just talk about him in general, he knew about him. He knew what he was doing, he knew who he was, he knew where he went to school. He knew what – he knew what kind of man he was, and that’s so cathartically affected his children and my wife in our family. “
“I know my son would like me to give it to you,” Biden said. He explained that the coins were awarded to “warriors and leaders,” and described Francis as “the most important warrior for peace I have ever met.”
When Biden was elected, he said the pope called him “to tell me how much he appreciates the fact that I will focus on the poor and focus on the needs of people in need,” and the Jesuit added that “the Jesuit everything I learned about Catholicism, from the time I was a child, went from elementary school to high school. “
The president also admitted that he did not want to disclose too much about his relationship with the pope and told reporters, “I’m not going to lie, it’s just personal.”
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore because it’s a lot personal,” he later added.