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President Obama to Meet with Pope Francis in March

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(NBC News) -- President Barack Obama will pay a visit to Pope Francis in March, the White House announced.

Obama will meet the pope at the Vatican on March 27 as part of a European tour that will include stops in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as Italy.

"The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," a White House statement said.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama met Pope Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor, at the Vatican in July 2009.

While in the Netherlands on March 24-25, Obama 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.

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. 

While in Belgium, Obama will also hold bilateral events with Belgian government officials and with the NATO Secretary General.   

In Rome, the oresident will meet with Italy President Napolitano and Prime Minister Letta.  

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