Not a ‘cardboard politician’: Biden’s faith forges ties with Mexico

Not a 'cardboard politician': Biden's faith forges ties with Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – They didn’t speak the same language and weren’t even in the same room. But the Mexican and US presidents quickly found common ground in a virtual “meeting” on Monday in the form of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

FILE PHOTO: A man carries an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on his back at the Basilica of Guadalupe during the annual pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexican Catholics, in Mexico City, Mexico, December 12 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Jasso /

The patron saint of Mexico is one of the most beloved symbols of national identity in a country where most people share the Catholic faith of US President Joe Biden.

Biden, the second American Catholic president, opened his remarks by noting that he had “paid homage” to the Virgin of Guadalupe during trips to Mexico and wore a rosary from his namesake basilica that belonged to his late son.

“I actually still have my rosary beads that my son wore when he passed away,” Biden said, raising his wrist to show them.

Beau Biden died of brain cancer at the age of 46 in 2015 – one of the many family tragedies that touched the president’s life and which he often weaves into moving public speeches.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador praised Biden’s opening on the video conference on Tuesday.

“From at the beginning, this confession that he wears a rosary, the mention of the Virgin of Guadalupe, ”said Lopez Obrador to a news conference. “I…

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