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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 receives new ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz

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The pope gave Diaz the traditional letter he gives new ambassadors. In it, he outlines the Church’s stance on topics of mutual interest, like the economic crisis, nuclear weapons and the tense relationship between American bishops and the Obama administration over abortion issues.

In his letter, Benedict says that the Church has no intention of introducing dogma into political debate, but rather proposing points of view grounded in natural law. He says that if the ethics of life are not respected, they won’t be respected in the realm of social themes either.

The pope went on to mention his meeting with President Obama in July and thanked him for his efforts against nuclear weapons. With regards to the economic crisis Benedict called for ethical measures that secure the development of all people and the individual person.

Ambassador Diaz, on the other hand, highlighted that the Vatican and the United States share certain priorities like inter-religious dialogue, environmental issues, food security and ethical ways to solve the economic crisis.

Before being named ambassador, Diaz was a professor of theology at St. John’s University in Minnesota. The pope took the opportunity to wish him a happy 46th birthday which he celebrated just a few days before the meeting.

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