Interior of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome (U.S. Embassy to the Holy See)

Jan 18 2021

ON June 3, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI received Vice President Joe Biden in a private visit at the Vatican. As the ambassador to the Holy See at that time, I accompanied Biden, as was customary for such a high-profile meeting.

One of the most memorable moments for me occurred toward the end of the visit when the vice president took a rosary out of his pocket and shared with the pope a little about his Catholic faith. Some members of Biden’s staff who were present also brought with them rosaries and asked the pope to bless them before we all departed from the Vatican.

As our nation prepares for the inauguration of our 46th president, who is also our second Catholic president, and the appointment of the 12th U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, it is fitting to revisit the importance of this diplomatic post and to explore possible foreign policy interests that might motivate global cooperation between the Biden-Harris team and Pope Francis and the Holy See.

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