The White House announced on Thursday that US President Joe Biden will meet Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican at the end of October.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement posted on his official website that the president will visit the Vatican to meet Pope Francis on October 29.
“They will discuss working together in efforts based on respect for basic human dignity, including ending the coronavirus pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and caring for the poor,” she added.
The meeting comes before Biden heads to the Italian capital, Rome, to participate in the G20 Leaders Summit on October 30 and 31.
Then he will head to the Scottish city of Glasgow to participate in the twenty-sixth session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change during November 1-2, according to the statement.
Biden’s scheduled meeting with Pope Francis is the first between them since he took office last January.
It is noteworthy that Biden visited the Vatican earlier, and met the Pope when he was Vice President of former US President Barack Obama, according to the American “Bloomberg” agency.