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Biden will meet with Pope Francis on European trip

President Joe Biden will embark on a three-leg trip to Europe starting at the end of October that will include a Vatican meeting with Pope Francis, the White House announced Thursday.

The president and first lady Jill Biden plan to travel to Rome in conjunction with the G-20 summit on Oct. 30-31. While there, Biden will also hold bilateral meetings with other world leaders, details of which the White House said would be made available closer to the event.

Prior to the G-20 summit, Biden, the second Catholic president in U.S. history, will visit the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis. The confab will cover “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,” according to the White House.

Following the trip to Italy, Biden will head to the United Kingdom to attend the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — shorthanded to COP26 — in Glasgow from Nov. 1-2.

It will mark Biden’s second major trip to Europe as president. Over the summer he traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to attend meetings of the G-7, NATO and a U.S.-EU summit.

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