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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.

“Papal visit is key to strengthen ties between two countries”

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For the first time ever, a pope will make an official visit to the UK. John Paul II’s visit in 1982, was only a pastoral visit.

Francis Campbell
UK Ambassador to the Holy See

“Some of the features of that will be very much in evidence for example the pope’s first engagement will be to meet the queen in Edinburgh.”

Ambassador Campbell, the first Catholic to hold this position since the Reformation, says although Catholics only make up 10 percent of the UK’s population, the visit is significant for diplomatic reasons.

Campbell says the UK and the Holy See work together on a whole range of policy issues.

Francis Campbell
UK Ambassador to the Holy See

“For example on disarmament, and the role the Holy See played in brokering the Clusters Munitions Treaty, where they worked very strongly with the UK in the proprietary conferences, there by allowing a consensus to emerge.”

Campbell says both nations also share the same vision on climate change, international development and interfaith dialogue.  

In fact the pope will also address non-Catholics in the UK.

Francis Campbell
UK Ambassador to the Holy See
“The pope will address civil society in Westminster Hall, he will visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury he will also do evening prayer at Westminster Abbey.”

On September 16th, Pope Benedict XVI lands in Glasgow and then flies to London for two days. From there he’ll travel to Coventry for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, where more than 250-thousand people are expected to attend.

The pope’s four-day visit is anticipated to match his predecessors visit which took place almost 30 years ago and drew crowds of up to 1 million.

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