11 Epic Videos of Popes Meeting U.S. Presidents Throughout the Years

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President Joe Biden met with Pope Francis on Fri., Oct. 29 at the Vatican.

While this is Biden’s third time to visit the pope, it is his first time as President of the United States. He is the second Catholic president to meet with the Holy Father–the first being President John F. Kennedy.

Meeting the pope is a modern tradition for a president of the United States. It began in 1919 with President Woodrow Wilson, and continued 40 years later with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Below are 11 videos of popes meeting U.S. Presidents throughout some of these years.

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Here’s the videos below:

President John F. Kennedy meets Pope St. Paul VI at the Vatican on July 2, 1963:


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President Lyndon B. Johnson meets Pope St. Paul VI on Oct. 4, 1965:

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President Jimmy Carter meets Pope St. John Paul II on June 23, 1980:

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President Ronald Reagan meets Pope St. John Paul II in Vatican City on Jun 7, 1982:


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(The above video is one many encounters St. John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan had throughout several years.)

President Bill Clinton meets Pope St. John Paul II at the Vatican on June 2, 1994:


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President George W. Bush meets Pope St. John Paul II at the Vatican on July 23, 2001:

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President George W. Bush meets Pope Benedict XVI at the White House on April 16, 2008:

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President Barack Obama meets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July 2009:


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Pres. Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in March 2014:

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President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican in May 2017:

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President Joe Biden meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 29, 2021:

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.