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Obama to meet with Pope Francis in March

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT
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(Alessandra Tarantino)
FILE - This Dec. 8, 2013 file photo shows Pope Francis as he arrives at the Spanish Steps to pray at the statue of the Virgin Mary, in central Rome on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast. President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. The White House says Obama ìlooks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequalityî during their March 27 meeting. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March.

The White House says Obama "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality" during their March 27 meeting. Obama also plans to meet in Rome with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

Obama's trip begins March 24-25 in The Hague, Netherlands, where he will participate in a nuclear security summit hosted by the Dutch government and meet with Dutch leaders.

On March 26, Obama will travel to Brussels for an U.S.-European Union summit with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, as well as meetings with Belgian leaders and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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