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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.

Pope to meet with contemporary artists in the Sistine Chapel

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That’s why the pope has invited some of the most talented artists in the world to meet with him in the Sistine Chapel in November.

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi
President, Pontifical Council for Culture

“This meeting is  meant to show how art, by its very nature, has a spiritual dimension to it, too.”

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi says the dialogue between art and faith is waning, and this meeting is a way to help bridge an important gap between both.

Mons. Gianfranco Ravasi
President, Pontifical Council for Culture
"Contemporary art has gone its own way. It’s sometimes very stylistic or provocative, it encloses itself in its own genre, it’s sometimes unclear. And on the other hand you have religion and these churches that are decorated with beautiful art".

Antonio Paolucci
Director, Vatican Museums
"I think the Church has a fundamental obligation to re-establish dialogue with today’s artists".

Director of the Vatican Museums Antonio Paolucci, says that throughout the 20th century, the popes have been instrumental in bridging this gap.

Antonio Paolucci
Director, Vatican Museums
“The popes of the 20th century like Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who’s an intellectual, a philosopher and a theologian. These popes wanted to re-establish this dialogue with contemporary artists.”

Some 500 sculptors, musicians, painters and actors from all over the world have been invited for the meeting with the pope.

Dialoguing with artists is something not uncommon for the popes of the 20th century. In 1964, Paul VI held a similar meeting with artist in the Sistine Chapel. And in 1999, John Paul II wrote a letter to artists where he expressed his esteem for them and his desire to renew dialogue between faith and art.

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