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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.

Jordan and Israel Launch Websites Dedicated to Popes Visit

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In preparation, the Jordan Tourism Board and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism have launched websites dedicated to the Pope’s pilgrimage.

With the information provided on the sites, pilgrims can follow Benedict’s itinerary, find out more about the holy sites in each country and even link up with travel agents for planning their own pilgrimages.

The Israeli website, www.holyland-pilgrimage.org, is available in 7 languages and features a detailed look at the Holy Father’s schedule while in Israel.

But the Pope’s first stop will be Jordan.  Visitors to that site, www.visitjordan.com, will be able to follow the Pope’s visit through a live broadcast.  The site is available in 6 languages and offers all kinds of useful information, including a list of the Pope’s destinations while in Jordan.

Benedict is expected to visit Jordan’s largest mosque in Amman.  And in Israel, he will stop in Nazareth and Jerusalem.

Many are hoping the trip will ease relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Jews and Muslims, relations which were strained by the Israeli invasion of Gaza earlier this year and by the controversy surrounding Bishop Williamson, a Holocaust denier.

Benedict’s trip, which also includes a visit to Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories, will go from May 8th to May 15th.

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