U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son to brain cancer last year, takes his crusade on cancer to the Vatican, where Pope Francis says medical research funding should be dictated by need instead of profit. Mana Rabiee reports.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, has taken his crusade on cancer to the Vatican. He met Pope Francis for a conference on regenerative medicine -- but then, he got personal, making an emotional speech devoted to the loss of his 46-year-old son Beau to brain cancer last year, and the support he's received from the pope. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYING: "I wish every grieving parent, brother, sister, mother, father would have had the benefit of his words, his prayers, his presence. He provided us with more comfort than even he I think, will ever understand." Francis is calling for a major 'economic paradigm shift' in how medical research is funded -- saying it should be dictated by need instead of profit. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "We need to oppose "an economy of exclusion and inequality" that victimises people when the mechanism of profit prevails over the of human life. This is why the globalisation of indifference must be countered with the globalisation of empathy." Both men say they want a universal effort to fight disease that puts people before profit. Biden wants to marshall private and public sector resources to help make that happen -- and to finally find a cure for the disease that took his son's life.