French President Francois Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, his office says Monday, with the two expected to discuss the fallout from the jihadist murder of a French priest.
Hollande’s visit to Rome on Wednesday will be his second as French president. In January 2014, he also met the leader of the world’s Catholics.
Sources in Hollande’s office tell AFP the meeting was organized “following the events in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray,” the northern town where 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel was killed July 26 by two teens claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.
The attack was the first committed in the name of IS against a church in the West.