President Joe Biden received Communion during Mass Saturday evening in Rome, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Biden met with Pope Francis on Friday during which, he says, Pope Francis told him to “keep receiving Communion,” despite his views on abortion. 

According to the Associated Press, about 30 people attended the Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, which had a large security presence.

The report stated that Mass was celebrated by Father Joe Ciccone and two concelebrating priests, and that Biden was seen putting U.S. currency in the collection basket. 

The celebrant, Father Joe Ciccone told the Associated Press that Communion is what brings Christians together in the Lord. None of them are pure and perfect but struggle through life. END

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