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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.

John Paul II, Alive in Memory

2009-04-06

That same day in 2005… the atmosphere had been particularly somber.

At the same window from which John Paul had shared his suffering with the world, Pope Benedict XVI recited the rosary at 9.37pm...the exact moment his predecessor passed away.

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One year has gone by, but his memory remains very much alive in our hearts and minds.

Twelve months since his death, over a million people have visited John Paul’s tomb:

“I felt the presence of a saint who has helped people immensely.”

Young people in St Peter’s Square looked back with affection at everything the late Pope did for them…

“John Paul II had a special place in the hearts of youngsters around the world.”

On April 3rd, Benedict XVI celebrated a memorial Mass, inviting people to embrace John Paul’s spiritual legacy…

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“Let us remember his tireless calls for us to cooperate in making humanity ever more fair and generous.”

In Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran, prayers ended with the first step in the beatification process of John Paul II.

The Vatican has yet to confirm a miracle on his behalf, but for the faithful marking the anniversary of the late pontiff’s death, the beatification process is superfluous: for them, John Paul II is already a saint.