Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence is expected at the Vatican next week to meet with Pope Francis.
Though details of the visit remain unknown, the office of Vice President Pence has confirmed the visit.
The visit follows the launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, held on Tuesday, January 16 at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, ABC News can confirm.
Ambassador Gingrich described the initiative as “a dialogue designed to promote peace, religious freedom, and interreligious harmony” between Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
According to her, the initiative was inspired by the 2019 document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” a joint statement of Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi that was signed in the United Arab Emirates.
The document, in part, stated that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.”
The visit comes at a time when the Iran-US rift remains fresh in the minds of many.
It is expected that the Pontiff will among others discuss the need for peace with the American Vice President.