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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.

Five years without John Paul II

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Benedict XVI celebrated the mass in the basilica. The Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, secretary of Karol Wojtyla for almost 40 years, also attended.

Benedicto XVI
“Throughout John Paul II’s life he showed charity, the ability to give himself to others in a generous way, without reservation and without measure”.

During the Mass, Benedict XVI remembered the suffering John Paul experienced during the last years of his life.

Benedict XVI
“He allowed himself to be consumed for Christ and for the Church, for the whole world, his was a suffering lived until the last for love and with love”.

Benedict XVI also talked about the great responsibility that comes with being the successor of a Pope as legendary as John Paul II.

Five years ago, during his last hours, John Paul II convened some of his closest collaborators to give them thanks and tell them goodbye.

Among them, he called Cardinal Ratzinger, his right hand man as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

A few days later, Cardinal Ratzinger celebrated his funeral before heads of state and leaders of the whole world.

Cardenal Joseph Ratzinger
“We can be sure that today our beloved Pope is at the window of the house of the Father, he sees us and he blesses us. Yes, bless us Holy Father”.

Benedict XVI authorized the opening of the beatification process of John Paul II two months after the Pope died. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is overseeing the process, and depending on the outcome, Pope John Paul II could be declared blessed in 2011.

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