Peruvian president Ollanta Humala is set to have a private audience with Pope Francis in the second week of December, reports El Comercio.
According to El Comercio, President Humala will travel to Italy to take part in a forum set up by the Italian government as well as his meeting with the pope.
El Comercio reports that President Humala was unable to attend Pope Francis’s installation as Pope last March due to conflicts in his schedule. According to El Comercio, President Humala sent a message of congratulations to the new pope at the time.
Several other Latin American leaders attended the occasion, including Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Sebastián Piñera of Chile, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto.
In September, Archbishop of Lima Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani met with Pope Francis in Vatican City. Their meeting came amid scandal in the Peruvian Catholic church, as the former auxiliary bishop of Ayacucho had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior toward a young parishioner.
Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936, is the first pope who comes from outside of Europe in almost 1,300 years. His activities are frequently reported upon by the Peruvian press. Sources say Peruvian leader will meet with the head of the Catholic church in early December.