Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - 11:36 UTC

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

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.

Netherlands, Belgium and Italy in the US president European tour

 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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1 Briton (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 11:50 am Report abuse
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
2 Boovis (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 02:37 pm Report abuse
Is Obama going to take away the Vatican's gold and drop it over downtown Brasilia?
3 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 03:00 pm Report abuse
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.
4 Stevie (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
As an atheist, I agree with Poppy.
5 redp0ll (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 04:22 pm Report abuse
@ 3&4. Not a Catholic but agree. He does seem to be cleaning the manure from the Vatican stables and I wish him success
6 ron_57 (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
here he goes again,
Bully-In-Chief Barry Soetaro showing off he is doing his job after complaining in the New Yorker his job performance is low because of his race:black.
7 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 06:58 pm Report abuse
And I say this as a non religious person. They needed someone to shake up the place and he is doing that. Defrocking pedophile priests having the crooks arrested, accepting homosexuals.......His good for the church and catholics. He's a fairly humble man that wants a better world. BUT....they are a very rich of the largest gold holders and the largest property owner in the world.
8 ilsen (#) Jan 22nd, 2014 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
actually agree with Stevie (and the Captain), and they agree too!
Must be a first! Equally as an atheist/humanist I don't agree with the Catholic Church but I recognise it has a right to exist, and is in desperate need of some house-cleaning.... So.... good luck to El Papa, I get the impression he wants to 'shake it' a little
9 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 23rd, 2014 - 12:19 am Report abuse
Actually ilsen that is my sentiment on religion, I don't agree with any of them, but I support their right to exist anyone who believes in it.
Jews, Christians and Muslims all need some house cleaning.
10 ilsen (#) Jan 23rd, 2014 - 02:29 am Report abuse
Agreed Captain. Would be nice is some other posters could understand about the 'right to peacefully exist'. Especially on a few windswept rocks in the South Atlantic.....
Oh, we live in hope for the Enlightenment to shine upon Buenas Aires,,,
11 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 23rd, 2014 - 09:58 am Report abuse
Specifically casa rosa as not all RG's see the islands as the Alamo........mainly the kirchnerite's. However that campfire is quickly fading.
12 ron_57 (#) Jan 23rd, 2014 - 06:40 pm Report abuse
the islands again? ...
ok, here i go... the internet shows slum houses with different roof colors, no college, no a 5 stars hotel, no airline company and now the islanders said there cannot afford to buy a CT-SCAN for their hospital... see,...
no money, no class, keep the islands in their assh*le!
13 jeffrey (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 06:48 pm Report abuse
good for you... such islands don't worth anything!
14 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 26th, 2014 - 12:54 pm Report abuse
#12 you acquire ALL your info via the internet? Is that what keeps your head up your colon? Try an enema.....for you it will be like going to school.
15 ron_57 (#) Jan 28th, 2014 - 12:19 am Report abuse
where is old Yankeeboy claiming that there is not poverty in the usa?
is he saying Obam is full of sh*t?
explain please!
16 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 28th, 2014 - 03:22 pm Report abuse
Can we pre-empt posters for stupidity? I elect suzzie.
17 ron_57 (#) Jan 28th, 2014 - 07:49 pm Report abuse
you are the winner for continuing posting sh*t!
No stupid spend 12 hours posting in Merco-bloodyrubbish british-CRAP WEB SITE!

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