Obama, Pope Francis to meet in March

Associated Press photo provided by L'Osservatore RomanoIn -- Pope Francis meets with faithful on Sunday during his visit at the Sacro Cuore church in Rome. Show caption
Associated Press photo provided by L'Osservatore RomanoIn -- Pope Francis meets with faithful on Sunday during his visit at the Sacro Cuore church in Rome.

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.