The conversation was made public by Biden’s transition team, which will become only the second Roman Catholic president in U.S. history when he comes to the White House on January 20th.
Trump has not yet acknowledged his defeat and has filed lawsuits.
Pope Francis has clashed with Trump on several issues, including China, climate change, Cuba and immigration.
“The President-elect thanked His Holiness for his blessings and congratulations and underlined his appreciation for His Holiness’s leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation and the common bonds of humanity around the world,” the transition team said in a statement. statement.
“(Biden) expressed his desire to work together on a common belief in the dignity and equality of all people, in issues such as caring for the marginalized and poor, tackling the climate change crisis and receiving and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities.” , he said.
In February 2016, when Republican Trump was running for president, Francis criticized his promise to build a wall along the Mexican border, saying that a man who wants to build walls “is not a Christian.”
After Trump was elected, Francis criticized the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement to limit global warming and his administration’s policy of separating the families of migrants entering the United States.
In an interview with Reuters in 2018, Francis said he was saddened by Trump’s decision to reconsider an Obama administration agreement to encourage trade and travel in Cuba, to which the Vatican also contributed.
Biden, who attends Mass on Sunday, will be the first Catholic president in the United States, after his fellow Democrat John F. Kennedy in the 1960s.
Conservative Americans, many of whom voted for Trump, said priests should not give communion to Biden because of his views on abortion.
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