*President Barack Obama will head to the Vatican in March to break bread with Pope Francis.
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, reports the AP.
Obama also plans to meet in Rome with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
The Vatican visit is part of the president’s overall European trip to begin 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.