After the election of Pope Francis I on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement talking about the importance of Catholicism to him personally and how much he is looking forward to working with the pope.

As vice president, Biden has advanced causes directly contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church–favoring, for example, the legalized killing of children in the womb and legalized same-sex marriage.

“Jill and I want to offer our congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis, and extend our prayers as he takes on this holy responsibility,” said Biden.

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