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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 visits the tombs of his predecessors


First he prayed at the tomb of Benedict XV, the pope who inspired him to choose his name. Then he went to the tomb of Pius XI who was pope when Joseph Ratzinger was a child.

The pope also prayed before the tomb of Pius XII, who was pope when Ratzinger was ordained a priest.

He then visited the tomb of Paul VI, who named him bishop and cardinal.

At the tomb of John Paul I, the pope remembered participating in the conclave that elected him pope and his funeral 33 days later.

Benedict left John Paul II’s tomb for last, the pope who brought him to Rome and who he worked closely with for 24 years.

He did not visit the tomb of John XXIII, under whom the Second Vatican council was held, because it was moved in the year 2000 when he was beatified. –JMB/RS/JM-WP