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Vatican Abruptly Cancels ‘Live Broadcast’ Of Biden’s Meeting With Pope, Media Demand Answers

The Vatican says it will provide “edited” footage to accredited media

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The Vatican unexpectedly canceled its previously planned live broadcast of President Joe Biden’s visit with Pope Francis, “the latest restriction to media coverage of the Holy See” reports the Associated Press.

“The Vatican press office provided no explanation for why the live broadcast of Biden’s visit had been trimmed to cover just the arrival of the president’s motorcade in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, where a Vatican monsignor will greet him” the AP added.

Among the canceled visitation was “any live coverage of Biden actually greeting Francis in the Palace Throne Room, as well as the live footage of the two men sitting down to begin their private talks in Francis’ library, at which time the cameras normally would have stopped running.”

The Vatican says it will provide edited footage to accredited media. This will be Biden’s first meeting with the Pope as president of the United States, but they have met three times previously. The AP reports “the audience was being closely monitored since U.S. bishops are due to meet in a few weeks for their annual fall convention, with one of the agenda items inspired by conservatives who contend that Biden’s support for abortion rights should disqualify him from receiving Communion.”

Pope Francis has vocally opposed abortion, calling it “murder.” But he has advised bishops to be pastors, not politicians. Any documents that come from the bishops’ discussions are “not expected to mention Biden by name” but “it’s possible there could be a clear message of rebuke.”

The Vatican has provided live television coverage for the visits of major heads of state for years and “live broadcasts are particularly important because the Vatican hasn’t allowed independent photographers and journalists into papal audiences since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Live access is traditional, and “It is during those moments in the pope’s library that reporters can view the gifts that are exchanged, watch as the formal photograph is taken and overhear remarks as the leaders arrive and depart to get a sense of how the pope and his guest have gotten along.” However, “Only the pope’s official photographer and Vatican video journalists are now allowed in.”

The AP reports that the Vatican correspondents’ association has protested the cancellation of such pool access and several media outlets, including The Associated Press. They have “formally complained about Thursday’s cut of the live Biden-pope broadcast and asked for an explanation.”

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the administration was “working through every lever we have” to get more access. Even Biden’s own pool of reporters who would normally be allowed into the pope’s library will no longer have access.

“We believe in the value of the free press. We believe in the value of ensuring you have access to the president’s trips and his visits overseas,” Psaki said during a White House briefing.

Noting that Biden was a guest and the Vatican the host, she added: “I can’t offer you a guarantee, but I can guarantee you we will continue to advocate.”

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4 Comments

  1. BUTCH

    October 28, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    It`s about time e gets told about his stand on abortion.

    • Lester Bilyou II

      November 5, 2021 at 3:48 am

      According to Biden they never discussed that subject. They should have, but they didn’t.

  2. Gary

    October 28, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Just from the picture of the 2 the Vatican has disdain for the President Biden… Well good for him… Don’t invite the physico .. His face looks empty any way like Dementia….

  3. Robert Warden Sr.

    October 31, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Why would they want to “edit” what they talked about? The Pope can’t be trusted to tell the truth no more than Biden can be trusted! Satan is imbedded in the church and runs Biden and the pope.

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China Ready to Meet With Biden Amid Growing Tensions

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As tensions are on the rise between the United States and China, President Biden could have a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as soon as next week to discuss cooperation, though a date has not been scheduled, according to Fox News

As reported by CNBC, “’ Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture. Both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,’ Xi wrote in a letter read aloud by Chinese ambassador Qin Gang at the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ annual gala.’ Xi continued, ‘Following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board.’”

President Biden spoke with Xi in September as part of his effort to “manage the competition” between the U.S. and China. Biden emphasized the United States’ “enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” according to a White House report of the conversation. 

This report comes as the relationship between the United States and China remains strained due to tensions with trade, coronavirus, allegations of genocide, and military build-up.

On Monday, CBS News reported images of U.S. ships being used for target practice by the People’s Liberation Army. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying ‘I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.’” 

This month, the Pentagon reported that China has been rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities that appear “designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by midcentury.” According to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, “We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed.”  

Additionally, China has been reportedly expanding its military flights near Taiwan, “a self-governing island republic claimed by Beijing and which it threatens to annex by force.” Taiwan receives weapons from the U.S. to defend itself against threats. While the U.S. Navy’s presence in the South China Sea remains dominant, China has been increasing the number of vessels in its navy and coast guard in the region. 

Since President Biden’s last meeting with President Xi Jinping, many more pressing issues have been placed on the table that are of serious concern regarding U.S.-China relations.

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Harris Becomes the Court Jester in Paris

The VP was mocked for appearing to use French accent during Paris visit

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Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris took to speaking in a fake French accent while in the company of the French at the Pasteur Institute in Paris on Tuesday. Discussing “ze plan,” Harris received an awkward chuckle from her audience. Maybe Harris thought she was being relatable, or funny, but is donning a phony accent to the people who speak it really appropriate? The Spectator writes, “The vice president of the United States should surely be held to a higher standard.” 

According to The Spectator, “the French were already mystified as to what Harris is doing in Paris. The Washington Examiner’s intrepid Katherine Doyle, who spoke to a taxi driver and a restaurant worker for her story on the reaction to the visit, reports that Paris is perplexed.” Possibly even more so now with her attempt to mock their accent. One must wonder if the “woke” crowd will hold her accountable for what many consider to be cultural appropriation. 

Harris is visiting Paris during a time when relations have reached “a historic low” after France’s plans to sell submarines to the Australian navy were ruined by a submarine deal between the United States and Britain, according to U.S. News. “President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron the U.S. had been ‘clumsy’ in its handling of the issue,” a word that seems frequently used in the last year regarding the actions of the Biden administration. 

Harris will deliver a speech on Thursday at the annual Paris Peace Forum and take part in the Paris Conference on Libya on Friday. Hopefully, she does not attempt to imitate anyone else’s accent and manage to embarrass the United States even more. 

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