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Photo: Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images

President Biden told reporters on Friday that Pope Francis believes he should continue to receive communion, adding that the pope "was happy that I was a good Catholic."

Why it matters: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this year sparked debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights should be denied communion. Francis has previously said that Catholic bishops should not let politics influence pastoral decisions.

What he's saying: When asked whether he and Francis discussed the Catholic bishop conference, Biden said that that was "a private conversation."

  • The president added that they did not talk about abortion, but said, "we just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion.”
  • Biden said they also talked about climate change, explaining that they discussed the “need” and “moral responsibility” to deal with the issue.
  • Biden said that he did not take communion on Friday, but he and Pope Francis prayed together.

The Vatican's press office released an edited video of the president's visit and said in a statement that Biden and Francis "focused on the joint commitment to the protection and care of the planet, the healthcare situation and fight against Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the theme of refugees and assistance to migrants."

  • "Finally, the talks enabled an exchange of views on some matters regarding the current international situation, also in the context of the imminent G20 summit in Rome, and on the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation," the statement added.

Go deeper: By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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Biden's meeting with Xi "substantive" but no breakthroughs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a wide-ranging and, at times, candid discussion in a virtual meeting that lasted for about three and half hours on Monday evening.

Why it matters: The meeting didn't produce any "deliverables," but it did bolster a sense of much-needed stability between the two countries.

Poll: Majority of Americans oppose Texas abortion law

Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1, 2021. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The majority of Americans say the Supreme Court should reject a Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Tuesday.

Why it matters: The poll comes after the Supreme Court heard two cases on the Texas law earlier this month. It is set to hear a case on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban — a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade — on Dec. 1.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.