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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.

Year in Review-March: Pope meets with Chief Rabbi of Israel

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"The Church recognizes that the beginnings of her faith are foundin the historical divine intervention in the life of the Jewish people."

Also, scholars from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and scholars fromthe Vatican met in Israel to evaluate research on Pope Pius XII’s roleduring World War II and the Holocaust.
 

Archbishop Antonio Franco
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"For the Shoah, for the memory, to keep the memory, and to learn fromthe memory, the Catholic Church, I think, is the best partner, the bestally, of Yad Vashem."

But one of the highlights of March was the pope’s first trip to Africa. Benedict XVI visited Cameroon and Angola.

In Cameroon he visited a hospital. The pope said he prays for thevictims of violence, wars, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the mostlife-threatening issues plaguing the African continent.

Later, he called on tens of thousands of people at the soccer stadiumin Yaounde to reject the tyranny of materialism and recognize the TrueAuthor of Life.

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"Brothers and sisters in Cameroon and throughout Africa, you whohave received from God so many human virtues, take care of your souls!Do not let yourselves be captivated by selfish illusions and falseideals!"

Then he travelled to Angola where he celebrated mass with more than one million people.
The pope spoke against violence produced by the belief in witchcraftand urged Christians to live in peace with those who practice it buthelp convert them as well.

He also reflected on the scars left by constant wars in Africa and themany victims claimed in Angola, one of the continent’s most land minedcountries

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"We think of the evil of war, the murderous fruits of tribalism andethnic rivalry, the greed which corrupts men’s hearts, enslaves thepoor, and robs future generations of the resources they need to createa more equitable and just society."

With his visit, the pope celebrated with Angolans 500 years of Christianity in their country.

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