US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at the Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4, 2013. Obama is in Sweden for a two-day visit likely to revolve around Syria, despite the host nation's effort to draw attention to a broader agenda. ANDERS WIKLUND/AFP/Getty Images
President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a
European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared
commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," said a statement
from White House press secretary Jay Carney.
During his trip in
late March, Obama will participate in a nuclear security summit in the
Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Belgium.
Obama also traveled to Vatican City in 2009 to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.
part of the United States' ongoing consultations with our allies and
partners in Europe and beyond, President Obama will travel to the
Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy in March 2014. While in the Netherlands
on March 24-25, the president will participate in the Nuclear Security
Summit, hosted by the Dutch government, where world leaders will
highlight progress made to secure nuclear materials and commit to future
steps to prevent nuclear terrorism. He will also hold bilateral events
with Dutch officials.
"From the Netherlands, the president will
travel to Brussels on March 26 for a U.S.-EU Summit with the Presidents
of the European Council and the European Commission. This will be
President Obama's first visit to the EU institutions. While in Belgium,
the president will also hold bilateral events with Belgian Government
officials and with the NATO Secretary General.
"The president will
continue on to Vatican City on March 27 to meet with His Holiness, Pope
Francis. The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis
their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality. In
Rome, the president will meet with President (Giorgio) Napolitano and
Prime Minister (Enrico) Letta."