VATICAN CITY—President Biden, the second Catholic president in American record, traveled to the Vatican on Friday for a meeting with Pope Francis that is predicted to emphasis on climate transform but has been overshadowed by controversy amid church leaders more than the president’s help for abortion rights.

Some U.S. bishops say that Catholic politicians who help lawful obtain to abortion should really be barred from Communion. In a tiny a lot more than two weeks, at their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, U.S. bishops are predicted to debate whether to make a collective assertion to that result. But the pope has taken a a lot more conciliatory method towards the president and the Vatican has said that linking the politics of abortion to the reception of Communion would be divisive.