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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 and Benedict XVI in the media

2009-07-15

Giovanni Tridente
Author

I think the media’s coverage was in tune with the personality of John Paul II.

Norberto Gonzalez Gaitano
Professor, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

The Church went from being in the corner to having an unprecedented public image. This poses a different situation. It has its risks, too, because the Church could suffer from excessive publicity.

This interest waned in some parts of the media  with the election of Benedict XVI, who had a less media-friendly personality than his predecessor. But that doesn’t mean the pope does not appreciate the importance of the media.

Norberto Gonzalez Gaitano
Professor, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Benedict XVI, in my opinion, is completely aware of this. That people need to get the real image of the Church, which is certainly young and alive, but faces difficulties.

During the conclave in the aftermath of John Paul II’s death there were some 9,000 journalists in the city of Rome. Information on the pope and the Catholic church continues to flow. And proof that the mass public still has access to it are the 400 accredited journalists from 35 countries in the Holy See’s press office.


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