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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 welcomes Peruvian president Alan Garcia

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During his visit to the Vatican he explained to Benedict XVI the measures that the Peruvian government is proposing to eradicate poverty and promote collaboration with the Church.

The president of Peru gave the pope a shawl made from vicuña wool and told him it could come in handy when it’s cold in Rome. The pope in turn gave the president medals from his pontificate.

Alan Garcia said that he had already met Joseph Ratzinger 22 years ago when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during a visit to Peru.

Peru has some 28 million people 97% of which are Catholic.

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