Pope congratulates Joe Biden in phone call: aides

Pope Francis (right) waves next to US Vice President Joe Biden from a balcony at the US Capitola balcony in Washington, DC on September 24, 2015. Pope Francis spoke with Biden by telephone on November 12, 2020, to offer "blessings and congratulations" to the US president-elect on his victory.

Photo credit: Andrew Caballero- Reynolds | AFP

Washington,  

Pope Francis spoke with Joe Biden by telephone Thursday to offer "blessings and congratulations" to the US president-elect on his victory, the Democrat's transition team said in a statement.
"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," according to a readout of the call provided by Biden's office.

Biden, 77, is only the second Catholic elected to the US presidency, after John F Kennedy in 1960.

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