President Biden plans to meet with Pope Francis in Rome later this month, the White House announced Thursday.
Biden, the second Catholic president, often speaks about wanting to meet the progressive pope and will do so on Oct. 29 at the Vatican.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden will “visit Vatican City and have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis on October 29,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“They will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and caring for the poor,” Psaki said.
Biden will be in Italy for a G20 summit as part of his second foreign trip as president. He