Biden to meet pope amid pressure from anti-abortion U.S. bishops

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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Devout Roman Catholic Joe Biden meets Pope Francis in the Vatican on Friday at a time when the U.S. president is under pressure from conservatives in the Church for his conflicted position in the dispute over abortion rights. Biden goes to weekly Mass regularly and keeps a picture of the pope behind his desk in the Oval Office. He has said he is personally opposed to abortion but cannot impose his views as an elected leader. But conservative Catholic media and U.S. conservative bishops have criticised him for that stand, with some saying the Democrati…

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