Nicolás Maduro meets with Pope Francis in Rome
The Venezuelan Head of State is slated to meet with the Italian president as well
The Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, said last week that "it will be an audience with a Head of State, like all the others the Pope has held in recent months with Latin American leaders."
Subsequently, Maduro will meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, and in the afternoon will hold a meeting with representatives of social movements. This is his first official trip to Europe after he was elected president of Venezuela.
The hearing is the first in a week marked by the presence of Venezuela at the Vatican, as three opposition lawmakers will meet on Tuesday with the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti, and also attend the Wednesday general audience.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.