Ms Pelosi attended the morning mass marking the feasts of St Peter and St Paul, throughout which Francis bestowed the woollen pallium stole on newly consecrated archbishops.
She was seated in a VIP diplomatic part of the basilica on Wednesday and acquired communion together with the remainder of the congregants, based on two individuals who witnessed the second.
US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis and acquired communion throughout a papal mass in St Peter’s Basilica, witnesses mentioned, regardless of her place in help of abortion rights.
Ms Pelosi’s residence archbishop, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, has mentioned he’ll now not enable her to obtain the sacrament in his archdiocese due to her help for abortion rights.
Mr Cordileone, a conservative, has mentioned Ms Pelosi should both repudiate her help for abortion or cease talking publicly of her Catholic religion.
Ms Pelosi has performed neither.
She known as the latest Supreme Court docket ruling eradicating constitutional protections for abortion an “outrageous and heart-wrenching” resolution that fulfils the Republican Social gathering’s “darkish and excessive aim of ripping away ladies’s proper to make their very own reproductive well being choices”.
And she or he has spoken overtly concerning the Catholic religion, together with at a diplomatic reception on the residence of the US Embassy to the Holy See on Tuesday night marking Independence Day.
Chatting with a crowd of ambassadors, Vatican officers and different Rome-based People, Ms Pelosi famous the Catholic virtues of religion, hope and charity and the essential function they play within the US Embassy’s mission.
“Religion is a vital reward, not everybody has it however it’s the path to so many different issues,” she instructed the group.
Ms Pelosi met with Francis on Wednesday earlier than the mass and acquired a blessing, based on one of many mass attendees.
A photograph launched by the Vatican confirmed Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi, greeting Francis off to the facet of the basilica.
Francis has strongly upheld the church’s opposition to abortion, and on Wednesday mentioned church leaders should “proceed to look after human life”.
However in his homily, Francis additionally instructed the brand new archbishops to welcome everybody into the church, together with sinners, and to not “stay pinned to a few of our fruitless debates”.
“So many occasions we turn out to be a church with open doorways, however solely to ship folks away, to sentence them,” he mentioned.