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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 asks for prayer for his ministry of governance in the Church

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The pope said the duty of the priest is to "govern and guide with the authority of Christ that portion of the people which God has entrusted to his care."

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"The spiritual authority conferred in Holy Orders should be matched by the priest’s interior fidelity to his pastoral mission and his personal readiness to follow obediently the lead of Christ."

The pope noted there is a misconception of hierarchy in the Church and that he is "a point of reference for the communion of all the pastors of the Church" and that he cannot do as he pleases.

He told priests there is no greater service to mankind than leading man to God, to reawaken the faith, and to infuse the hope that God is close.

He also said that if priests are obedient to God’s will, all of their words and actions will bear fruit.

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"I ask all of you to support your priests in their ministry of leading men and women to God, bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel and it message of hope."

The pope invited priests to the closing ceremonies of the Year for Priests, which will take place in Rome from June 9 through June 11. And he concluded by requesting prayer for himself.

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"In a special way I also ask you to pray for my own ministry of governance in the Church, and for the spiritual fruitfulness of the celebrations at the conclusion of the Year for Priests."

Benedict XVI said they will meditate on conversion and mission and will renew their priestly promises.

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