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Biden asks for prayers for Pope Francis as he recovers from respiratory infection

The president of USA, Joe Bidenrequested this Wednesday prayers for the Pope Franciscowho suffers from a respiratory infection and will remain in the hospital for a few days.

Biden, the second Catholic president in US history after John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), made these statements at an event at the White House to celebrate the independence of Greecewhich was attended by important members of the Greek Orthodox Church.

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During his speech, Biden mentioned that the two people “most similar” to Christ who has never known are the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the most prominent figure of the Orthodox Churches, and himself Pope Franciscowho heads the Catholic Church.

It turns out that the two are friends. The father has told me about it”, explained Biden and, addressing Archbishop Elpidophoros, who heads the Greek Orthodox Church in USA and was at his side, he begged him to pray for the pope.

The pope is sick now so please say one more prayer for him”asked the president.

Biden then joked about the way he crosses himself, which is the same as Orthodox Christians, rather than Catholics, saying that Pope Francis has asked him about it in the past.

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Pope Francis, 86, has been admitted to the hospital since Wednesday afternoon Agostino Gemelli of Rome andsuffers from a respiratory infection that will require a few days of appropriate hospital medical treatment”, reported the Vatican press office.

Pope Francis and Biden met in October in The Vatican. After that meeting, the American considered that the compassion and defense of the poor that the pontiff exercises daily serves as “polar Star” for the world.

Source: Elcomercio

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