The Vatican has confirmed that in March US President Obama will meet Pope Francis in Rome during a stop during a European trip, reports The Catholic News Service in CNA.
As the final part of President Obama's visit to Europe – during which he will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy – the Pope and the President will meet on March 27, Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, said yesterday.
In a statement by Presidential press secretary Jay Carney, the White House announced that the President 'looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.'
While in Rome, President Obama will also meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Before going to Italy, the President will visit the Netherlands from March 24-25, where he 'will participate in the Nuclear Security Summit,' Carney revealed, which will be hosted by the Dutch government.
In addition to the summit, 'where world leaders will highlight progress made to secure nuclear materials and commit to future steps to prevent nuclear terrorism,' President Obama is slated to participate in other 'bilateral events' with Dutch officials.
President Obama to meet Pope Francis in March (The Catholic Herald)