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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 asks Iran to collaborate with international community

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The Pope says the deep spiritual and religious tradition of Iran should lead to deeper cooperation with the rest of the world.

Benedict XVI told the ambassador that believers of all religions must defend and promote fundamental human values. He stressed the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience and suggested there are other areas of collaboration between believers like promoting the culture of life, justice and solidarity.

The pope also recalled that Catholics are present in Iran since the early centuries of Christianity and have always been an important part of the culture of the nation. That’s why Benedict XVI  called on Iranian authorities to ensure freedom of Christians to profess their faith.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has more than 71 million people. According to the government, there are 70,000 Christians in which 17,000 are Catholic. While a certain type of freedom of worship exists in Iran, public expression of Christian faith is prohibited and converting from Islam to Catholicism is illegal.

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