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Obama to meet Pope Francis on March 27

US president will also see Letta, Napolitano

21 January, 14:19
Obama to meet Pope Francis on March 27 (ANSA) - Washington, January 21 - United States President Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27, the White House said Tuesday.

Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that the pope will have an audience with Obama that day.

Obama will also have talks in Rome with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Premier Enrico Letta.

A White House statement said the president "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality". The visit to the Italian capital will take place as part of a trip to Europe that begins on March 24 in The Hague for a nuclear security summit hosted by the Dutch government.

Obama will be in Brussels on March 26 for an U.S.-European Union summit with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

He will also have meetings with Belgian leaders and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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