United States’ President Joe Biden went to church on June 19 in his hometown a day after US Roman Catholic bishops issued a challenge to him over his support for abortion rights. He had extended his support to the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to an abortion.
On June 18, US bishops agreed to draft a statement on the meaning of Holy Communion which could potentially be used to deny that sacrament to the American leader. After the knowledge, the President visited the church.
The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is among the most sacred rituals in the Catholic Church and there have been calls from some conservative church leaders to deny the sacrament to politicians who support abortion rights.
Earlier in 2019, a priest at a Catholic church in South Carolina refused Holy Communion to Biden because of his stance on abortion.