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Obama will visit Francis March 27; both leaders have pledged to tackle gap between rich and poor

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - 11:36 UTC
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Netherlands, Belgium and Italy in the US president European tour Netherlands, Belgium and Italy in the US president European tour

US President Barack Obama plans to visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican in March during a trip to Europe, the White House has announced. Obama is scheduled to meet with the pope on March 27 in a trip that will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and other parts of Italy, it said in a statement.

 It will be the first meeting between the two men, who share a focus on addressing the gap between rich and poor.

“The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” the White House said.

Pope Francis, who took the helm of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, has led an effort to simplify the church and focus on the needy. Known for being frugal, he has appealed to people to help the poor, offered to drive his own car and chosen cardinals to emphasize his concern for poorer nations.

In December, Obama quoted the pope in a speech and pledged to focus his final term in office to tackling the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States.

The trip also marks Obama first official visit to two European Union bodies - the European Council and the European Commission - the White House added. He will be in Brussels on March 26 to meet with presidents of the two institutions.

In the Netherlands, Obama will attend the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss progress in securing nuclear materials and efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism with other world leaders, the statement said. The president will also meet with Italian leaders in Rome, it said.

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  • Briton

    And you can bet your bottom dollar that a message will be whining its way to
    Pope Francis ,
    to ask/beg him to ask/beg the president to support argentines claim,
    Just the mere mention would be enough to send CFK into overdrive with the make

    Jan 22nd, 2014 - 11:50 am 0
  • Boovis

    Is Obama going to take away the Vatican's gold and drop it over downtown Brasilia?

    Jan 22nd, 2014 - 02:37 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    The Catholic church is the single largest property holder in the world and is shoulder to shoulder with many countries owning gold. I think Francis is the best thing in many centuries for the church as he is cleaning house, many they can also share their wealth, his speech will go farther by setting an example.

    Jan 22nd, 2014 - 03:00 pm 0
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