The White House is now confirming that President Barack Obama will be meeting with Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, in late March. This is the first meeting between the two since Pope Francis took the position in March of last year.
“The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said the White House in their statement on Tuesday.
President Obama will head to the Vatican on March 27 where the two will discuss a number of issues facing the world. Obama has previously praised the Pope’s stance on a number of issues, calling him an “extraordinarily thoughtful and soulful messenger of peace and justice,” in an interview with MSNBC last year.
"I haven't had a chance to meet him yet," said President Obama in the MSNBC interview. "But everything that I've read, everything that I've seen from him, indicates the degree to, to which he is trying to remind us of those core obligations."
It will be interesting to see what comes of the talks between Obama and Francis in March, especially after the latest revelation that the last Catholic leader, Pope Benedict, had defrocked over 400 priests for child sexual abuse before stepping down from his position last year, but the White House is definitely confirming that the two will mainly discuss issues of poverty and income inequality.