Pope speaks to Joe Biden to congratulate him on winning election

President-elect Joe Biden talked with Pope Francis Thursday morning, his transition office announced, making him the latest world leader to ignore President Donald 's refusal to concede. 

When Biden is sworn in on January 20, 2021, he'll be the nation's second Catholic president. The first was another Democrat, President John F. Kennedy. He attends mass in Wilmington, Delaware every week. 

'The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness' leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world,' a readout of the call read. 

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President-elect Joe Biden (left) spoke with Pope Francis (right) Thursday morning. The Pope offered the Democrat his congratulations, making him the latest world figure to ignore President Donald 's refusal to concede the election 

Biden is set to become only the second Catholic U.S. president. The first was fellow Democrat, President John F. Kennedy. Biden attends mass every Sunday at the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware

Biden is set to become only the second Catholic U.S. president. The first was fellow Democrat, President John F. Kennedy. Biden attends mass every Sunday at the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware 

Pope Francis (left) greets then Vice President Joe Biden (right) at the Vatican in April 2016, before President Donald Trump was elected. Biden's son Hunter (second from right) and son-in-law Howard Krein (center) stand along his side

Pope Francis (left) greets then Vice President Joe Biden (right) at the Vatican in April 2016, before President Donald was elected. Biden's son Hunter (second from right) and son-in-law Howard Krein (center) stand along his side 

Then Vice President Joe Biden (top) holds the hand of Pope Francis as he enters a joint-session of Congress on September 24, 2015. Biden said in October that Francis' trip to Washington in 2015, including the White House, gave him the sense of 'hope and possibility together'

Then Vice President Joe Biden (top) holds the hand of Pope Francis as he enters a joint-session of Congress on September 24, 2015. Biden said in October that Francis' trip to Washington in 2015, including the White House, gave him the sense of 'hope and possibility together' 

Biden (left) and Pope Francis (right), with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell standind behind them, wave from a balcony at the U.S. Capitol after the Pope addressed a joint-session of Congress in September 2015

Biden (left) and Pope Francis (right), with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell standind behind them, wave from a balcony at the U.S. Capitol after the Pope addressed a joint-session of Congress in September 2015 

Biden 'expressed his desire to work together on the basis of a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind on issues such as caring for the marginalized and the poor, addressing the crisis of climate change, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities,' it also said.   

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Biden talked about his relationship with Pope Francis in October when he addressed the Alfred E. Smith Memorial

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