Kerry to visit Vatican

(USA Today) Secretary of State John Kerry, in Paris for talks on the Syria crisis, will travel to Rome on Tuesday for talks at the Vatican.

Kerry will meet with Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin “to discuss foreign policy priorities, including Pope Francis’ vocal leadership on the Middle East peace process, poverty and humanitarian issues,” said spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

And who knows? Maybe they’ll discuss the prospects of a future meeting between President Obama and Francis.

From the AFP wire service:

“Kerry, who is Catholic, was in Paris Monday, where he has taken part in talks on the Syria crisis. He will travel on to Rome and the Vatican and then to Kuwait City for a Syria donor’s conference.

“The 77-year-old pontiff, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East, said earlier this month he would visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem in May.

“Kerry has made a fierce push to coax Israel and the Palestinians towards an elusive peace deal, making repeated visits to the region.”


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