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Obama To Discuss Inequality With Pope Francis In March

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The President looks forward to discussing his and the pontiff's shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality, the White House said, adding that details of the meeting would come at a later date.

Obama cited the Pope's critical view of trickle-down economics last year in an address laying out his second-term economic priorities, and has repeatedly called growing income inequality the "defining challenge of our time."

The President will travel to Vatican City on March 27 as part of a swing through Europe that includes visiting the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit and Brussels, Belgium for a U.S.-EU Summit.