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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.

A look at the relationship between the Catholic and the Anglican Church

2009-11-21

As the Anglican Church was born fruit of a schism and not for an heresy, despite they are different both Churches have much more in common than most people might think.

Ecumenical dialogue, though, was put forth for a reason. There are still three main points of contention between Catholics and Anglicans: the ordination of women as priests and bishops, moral issues and the role of the pope in the Church.

Reverend Bill Franklin says about 90% of the divisive issues that came out of the Reformation have been solved. He’s hopeful the other 10% will be too.

Rev. Bill Franklin
Associate Director, American Academy (Rome)

I think eventually they will be solved, I think, just as we’ve solved these other problems. But this work is a work of time. People have to be patient. Friendship is very important. Maintaining good human relations across the borders of the two Churches and not giving up too soon on this ecumenical hope.”

Giving up on positive relations doesn’t look like an option for either Church.

For now, the last chapter is the positive reaction from the Anglican primate to the pope’s decision to create personal ordinariates for welcoming Anglicans to the Catholic Church.  Much more than a positive step forward in for future ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches.

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