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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.

St. Valentine's relic on display in Rome

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St. Valentine’s day was established as a Catholic feast day by Pope Gelasius I around 498 A.D., but it’s unclear which “Valentine” it reveres.

North of Rome, in the town of Terni sits the Basilica of St. Valentine. The protector of love himself who was bishop of Terni between the 2nd and 3rd centuries, is buried here. The Christian martyr was one of three linked to the Catholic feast day of St. Valentine.

Meanwhile in a small basilica in Rome, another piece of St. Valentine sits inside. To many St. Maria in Cosmedin is known as the site for the “Mouth of Truth” but the head of St. Valentine is the church’s most enshrined relic. Placed in a small glass reliquary with flowers the skull attracts many visitors every year.

Some suggest the real St. Valentine was the Roman priest, who was jailed for performing marriages at a time when it was illegal to wed.

Whatever the true story is, love ones celebrate true love every year on February 14th.

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