On New Year’s Eve, Pope Benedict XVI passed away at the age of 95, affecting the worldwide Catholic Church and its more than 1.3 billion adherents.
“HIS HOLINESS’ WISHES: Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican requested that President Biden not attend Benedict’s funeral,” media reports show, in a story that is going viral on Wednesday and Thursday, humiliating Democrat Joe Biden for his love of and promotion of abortion for five decades from Washington, D.C., while claiming to be a devout Catholic.
The pope, sometimes known as the supreme pontiff, Roman pontiff, or sovereign pontiff, is the bishop of Rome, the leader of the global Catholic Church, and, from the seventh century, the head of state or sovereign of the Papal States and later the Vatican City State.
Therefore, it is uncommon for the current US President, especially if he claims to be a devout Catholic, to not pay his respects.
And mistrust develops when a Catholic current president is not invited to a global occasion, like as a Pope’s burial, as in the instance of Biden’s rejection on the international stage.
Benedict made the request before passing away.
The United States will send Joe Donnelly, the Holy See’s ambassador, in accordance with the desires of the late Pope and the Vatican. This was the nature of their desires. This was their desire, as stated by the White House.
“President Joe Biden was not invited to Thursday’s funeral of Pope Benedict XVI, and the U.S. ambassador to Italy will represent America at the pontiff’s burial, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday,” the Daily Caller reported, adding:
It was not clear if the lack of an invitation was a direct snub to Biden, a Catholic who nonetheless is an ardent supporter of abortion. But Jean-Pierre said the situation represented the wishes of the late pope himself.
Joe Biden will not attend Pope Benedict XVI's funeral, per request of the Vatican. pic.twitter.com/Q7VcYEhnei
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“The U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Joe Donnelly, will represent the United States at the funeral of the Pope, in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican,” Jean-Pierre said. “This is what — this is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were.”
Benedict, who was born in Germany, died on December 31 at age 95. He resigned as pope in 2013, when Pope Francis replaced him, but kept the title of pope emeritus.
Euro News reports that the only states whose delegations were formally invited were Italy and Germany. Matteo Burni, spokesperson for the Vatican, declared, “If other heads of state or government come, they will do so in a personal capacity.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will attend Pope Benedict’s funeral, as will Queen Sofia of Spain and King Philippe of Belgium. President of Poland Andrzej Duda and President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will also attend.
Jean-Pierre said Biden was an admirer of Benedict, who he met more than a decade ago.
“So, as the President said in his statement, as I’m sure you saw, he joins Catholics and so many others around the world in mourning the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,” Jean-Pierre said. “He will always remember the Pope’s generosity and meaningful conversation they had when he visited the Vatican in 2011.” CONTINUE READING…