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US Spokesman Pelosi receives communion at St. Peter’s Basilica: media

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi received communion in St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday after being disfellowshipped in her hometown of San Francisco, according to a local news report.

Last month, Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone told the top congressional Democrat and lifelong Catholic that she was barred from taking communion because of her support for abortion rights.

The online Catholic newspaper Crux Now reported on Wednesday that Pelosi, who was spotted by an AFP photographer attending mass with family members, received communion from one of the priests in attendance.

Photos distributed by the Vatican showed Pelosi with husband Paul Francis Pelosi by her side, shaking hands with Pope Francis in the basilica.

Pelosi is a vocal advocate for abortion rights and last week blasted the US Supreme Court’s repeal of federal abortion rights.

She called on Americans to vote out Republicans who are “prompting their crusade to criminalize health freedoms” in November’s midterm elections.

In a letter released in May, Cordileone — a church hardliner in the highly progressive western city — said he had warned Pelosi that unless she publicly denounced her position on abortion or stopped referring to her Catholic faith and the to take Communion, she would be excluded from the rite.

“I hereby inform you that you will not come to Holy Communion and, if you do so, you will not be admitted to Holy Communion until you publicly reject and confess your support for the legality of abortion and of this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance received absolution,” wrote Cordileone, who is also a staunch opponent of gay marriage.

Like US President Joseph Biden, Pelosi is open about her Catholic faith, and both support voting rights in the divisive debate over abortion.

Pope Francis, 85, has called abortion a “murder” but has distanced himself from a push by conservative US bishops to refuse communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

Ahead of the G20 talks in Rome last October, Biden met with the Pope for more than an hour and later told reporters Francis had told him he was “happy I’m a good Catholic and should continue to receive Communion.”

The Vatican and US embassy did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment on Pelosi’s visit Wednesday.

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