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‘I’ll lose my soul’ if I skip this party, Biden jokes

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

Vice President Joe Biden’s characteristically wacky sense of humor was in evidence in Rome today during a meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.

Biden is attending a reception tonight with the other members of the delegation to Pope Francis’ inaugural mass, along with American officials based in Rome.

“We invited the American cardinals to a reception,” Biden told Nikolic. “So unless I’m prepared to join the Eastern Orthodox Church, as a Roman Catholic, I’d better show up or I’ll lose my soul.”

Biden is in Italy with the presidential delegation to the inaugural mass. Also in attendance at tonight’s reception will be U.S. cardinals, U.S. embassy officials and U.S. members of Congress.

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