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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.

New John Paul II statue unveiled at the Gemelli hospital in Rome

2009-07-02

From this window he prayed the Sunday Angelus several times and even had general audiences here.

In his memory, the hospital placed a statue of John Paul II in the main entrance.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz
Archbishop of Krakow (Poland)
"When someone walks through the door of this hospital and looks at this statue of the Pope, even at a glance, they will find inspiration and strength and receive his help and protection".

Monsignor Renato Boccardo
Secretary General, Governorate of Vatican City State.
"From here, the pope gave his message that life is worth living, even with the hindrances of disease".

The statue carries the phrase “Be not afraid,” which John Paul II spoke during the inaugural Mass of his pontificate. According to his secretary, that was the same attitude Karol Wojtyla had during the difficult times he had to face in his life.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz
Archbishop of Krakow (Poland)

"The Lord wanted the Pope to go experience the mystery of pain up until his last minute. His whole pontificate was full of painful moments, with particularly tragic moments, like when his life was threatened in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. When he lost his voice, he would write “thank you” to those who tended to him".

Cardinal Dziwisz said that he hopes the late pope’s beatification be celebrated soon.

This week theologians from the Congregation for the Cause of Saints had already approved the tests that had been presented.

The next step involves cardinals and archbishops analyzing the case as well as the pope’s official approval.

DG