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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 blesses statue of St. Rafaela Porras

2010-01-20

The pope blessed the new statue, which stands at the Vatican outside St. Peter’s Basilica. He encouraged all to follow in the Spanish saints footsteps. She was the co-founder of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The statues is 6 meters tall and made out of marble from northern Italy. Marcos Duenas, the sculptor, says it symbolizes St. Rafaela’s evangelical mission.
In the statues right hand, is a bible she is offering to a young girl. According to Duenas, it symbolizes the Christian education, the Saint gave society during her time. As for the ears of wheat represents the Eucharist and the deep life of prayer in this Andalusian saint.

Saint Rafaela Maria Porras Ayllon was born in Cordoba, Spain. In 1877 she founded the Congregation of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For several years she was superior of the congregation, but soon left the post to her sister.

Saint Rafaela Porras was canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI and today she has her own statue in, the first statue of a Andalusian saint decorating the Vatican.

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