File: Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama will travel to Europe in March to attend a pair of summit meetings and to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The White House announced Tuesday that Obama will travel March 24 to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands. It will be the third such summit, focused on securing nuclear materials.

Obama will then travel to Brussels for his first visit to the seat of the European Union. He will attend a U.S-E.U. Summit, and also meet with NATO officials.

Then Obama will head to Rome and Vatican City where he will meet Pope Francis. In the statement announcing the trip, the White House said, "The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality."

While in Rome, Obama will also meet with President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.