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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.

The Catholic and Lutheran Churches focus on their ties during papal visit

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This is the second time a pope visited the Lutheran community in Rome. John Paul II visited for the first time in 1983, 500 years after the Martin Luther was born. Now on the 27th anniversary since that meeting, the Lutheran Church of Rome wanted to invite a pope for a second time.

In an impromptu address in German the pope said the meeting shows the fruits of ecumenical dialogue. He pointed out that by singing and praying together they show faith behind a single Christ.

Benedict XVI also recalled that despite improved relations there are still major differences and they can’t celebrate mass together. The Pope recalled the is a gift from God and that division is the result of human sin.

Meanwhile, the Lutheran pastor, Jens-Martin Kruse pointed the Christian sense of joy and invited both communities to walk together.

Music also took center stage at the ceremony. The choir, composed of Lutherans and German Catholics, sang pieces by Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn. After the meeting, the Pope met with members of the community council. A courtesy visit that is seen as a step forward in ecumenical dialogue.

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