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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-November/ December: John Paul II is Venerable

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Also, the pope participated in the Food and Agriculture’s World Summit on Food Security. Benedict XVI cited how there are more than 1 billion people suffering from world hunger around the world, the highest number ever. He called on rich countries to invest in agriculture and to open the international markets to poorer economies.

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Hunger is the most cruel and concrete sign of poverty, Opulence and waster are no longer acceptable when the tragedy of hunger is assuming even greater proportions.”

Ban Ki-Moon
U.N Secretary-General

We need the support from the international community, without funding we don’t be able to do that.”

The pope chose the month of November to receive nearly 300 artists inside the Sistine Chapel. He invited them to create beautiful art that transmits hope to the world.

Benedict XVI
"You are the custodians of beauty: thanks to your talent, you have the opportunity to speak to the heart of humanity, to touch individual and collective sensibilities, to broaden the horizons of knowledge and of human engagement.”

Santiago Calatrava
Architect
I believe that in the world and in the moment we are living in, bringing the concept of beauty that he has given ,at this point in time, is essential and it significantly shows.”

Zaha Hadid
Architect

Beauty in all origins is about, someone in heaven, how you can create spaces to be like heaven on earth in a way."

One of the pope’s final messages of the year was the one he prepared in anticipation of World Day of Peace, which is celebrated January 1. Benedict XVI said in order to gain social stability, protecting the environment is necessary.

The end of the year was marked by the decree the pope signed to name his predecessors, John Paul II and Pius XII venerables. It was the last step needed before they are beatified. But first Benedict XVI must still sign off on miracles attributed to their intercession in order to get a place on the altars.

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