Obama to meet with Pope Francis for the first time

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

The Pope’s official home is the Vatican.

On March 27, President Barack Obama will travel to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis for the first time. In the Vatican City State, which is the smallest country in the world, Obama will discuss issues of poverty and inequality with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

“Across the developed world, inequality has increased,” explained Obama. “Some of you may have seen just last week, the Pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. ‘How can it be,’ he wrote, ‘that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?'”

Obama met the previous Pope, Benedict XVI, at the Vatican in 2009, in his only meeting with a Pope so far.

Images courtesy of the Vatican.