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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Vatican State Celebrates 80th Anniversary With Händel

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It was performed for Pope Benedict and a private audience at the Vatican by the Irish Radio and Television Orchestra and the Dublin Cathedral Choir.  

The lengthy performance climaxed when the Pope and the audience stood during the famous “Hallelujah” rendition. It’s a sign of respect that dates back hundreds of years, when King George II of England made the same gesture the first time he heard the piece being performed.

At the end of the concert, Benedict gave a word of thanks to the performers, and highlighted the piece as a form of art where music and faith come together.

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Once again it seems clear that music and song, thanks to their skilful intertwining with faith, can be of high educational value in religion. Music as art can be a particularly great way to announce Christ, so that can make visible the mystery with his eloquence.


Benedict also spoke about the importance of  Vatican City State’s  autonomy and its establishment back in 1929, highlighting the 80th anniversary’s theme, ‘Small territory for a great mission.’ 

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