Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan says Pope Francis is promising to visit Nigeria.
A statement from Jonathan's office doesn't give any timing for the visit proposed when Jonathan met the Roman Catholic leader at the Vatican on Saturday.
It says they discussed poverty alleviation and inter-faith dialogue.
Catholics make up about a quarter of Nigeria's Christians, an estimated 21 million Nigerians.
Pope Francis has committed to travel to the Holy Land and South Korea in 2014 and said he wants to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka in coming years. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, visited Africa twice.