Pope Francis to visit US next month

President Barack Obama to seek common cause with Pope Francais in White House

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

In this photo taken March 27, 2014, President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Updated Aug 28, 2015

Pope Francis will visit the US to meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on September 22-27. The Pope announced that he will attend a world meeting on family issues in Philadelphia.

When President Obama visited the Vatican last March, he invited the Pope to the White House.

In the upcoming meeting, President Obama and Francis Pope will to seek unity in a number of issues, including global warming, poverty and diplomacy with Iran and Cuba.

Despite differences on some issues like abortion, President Obama and Pope Francis will also try to agree on economic opportunity, immigration and refugees, and protection of religious minorities.

"The Pope's Sept. 23 visit will mark an important moment not only for Catholics but for all Americans," said US Vice President Joe Biden.

“Pope Francis has breathed new life into what I believe is the central mission of our faith: Catholic social doctrine,” Biden added in a statement to The Associated Press.

Stephen Schneck, who runs the Catholic politics institute at Catholic University of America, said "In a way, Pope Francis has become a conscience for this age of the world. When President Obama came to office, he too had that aura for at least the first couple of years. But Pope Francis' message is moral and religious. He's not going to be talking about legislation.”

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