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By Catholic World News, June 15, 2021

US President Joe Biden sought to meet with Pope Francis on June 15, but the Vatican turned down the request, according to a report from Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Citing a “reliable Vatican source,” CNA said that President Biden—who was in Brussels for meetings with NATO and European Union leaders—had hoped to travel to Rome for an early-morning Mass celebrated by the Pontiff on Tuesday, before flying to Geneva for meetings later in the day.

The US embassy to the Vatican denied the story. A public-relations officer there told the National Catholic Reporter: “President Biden has no plans to visit Rome or Vatican City this week.” …

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