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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.

Australia passes world youth cross to Spain

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A crowded St. Peter’s square was host to more than 5,000 Spanish pilgrims who were the new successors of the cross passed down from the youth of Australia. Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, and his Spanish counterpart Cadinal Rouco Varela, archbishop of Madrid, both attended the ceremony.

It’s been 25 years that the World Youth Cross has been passed on from group to group. The cross, along with the icon of Our Lady, will travel though all of Spain and end on August 16, 2011 on World Youth Day.

Pope Benedict, who spoke during the homily about the value of the cross in finding one’s way, has always recalled the significance of the cross during World Youth Days.

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This handover assumes a highly symbolic value which we use to express our eternal gratitude to God for the gifts we received during our great meeting in Sydney and for those gifts we will pass on in Madrid. May this cross and this Icon of Mary be an invincible sign of the love of Christ and our Holy Mother.

When the Palm Sunday ceremony ended, the pope asked all countries to sign on to the convention of the prohibition of the use of anti-personnel landmines. His plea comes a day after the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

The Pope also asked the European Union and African countries to forge a strategic relationship so as to help avoid the deaths of more immigrants that try to reach Europe’s coasts.

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