Vice President Joe Biden, who is in Rome for the new pope's inaugural mass, says he "better show up" at party with cardinals tonight or "I'll lose my soul." Via the pool report:

News: VP Biden is attending a reception tonight with the presidential delegation to the inaugural mass and American officials based in Rome. Biden says he has to attend "or I'll lose my soul."

Biden's comment came as he met at the Villa Aurelia with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic. Pool was ushered in after the meeting had begun but while it was still in small-talk mode.

"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."

Per Biden's office: "This evening, the Vice President and Presidential Delegation to the Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis are attending a reception at Villa Aurelia hosted by Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Mario Mesquita with U.S. Cardinals, U.S. Members of Congress, and officials from U.S Embassy Rome, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome."

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