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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 to British Youth: “Among you there are the future saints of the twenty-first century”

2010-09-17

Speaking clearly and directly, the Pope encouraged them to become saints.

Benedict XVI
“I hope that among those of you listening to me today there are some of the future saints of the twenty-first century. What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. He loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you”.

The Pope warned young people from England, Wales and Scotland against the dangers of materialism, of seeking success at all costs, and of forgetting the dignity of man.

As a university professor, Benedict XVI encouraged them to dedicate themselves to study and to make good use of their years at university in order to then be able to offer the best of themselves to society, without narrowing their professional horizons.
 
Benedict XVI
“We need good historians and philosophers and economists, but if the account they give of human life within their particular field is too narrow focused, they can lead us seriously astray”.


The Pope explained that the relationship between faith and reason is vital in education, and in the subsequent development of professional life.

Before concluding his remarks, Benedict XVI invited young people of the United Kingdom to World Youth Day 2011, due to be held in Madrid.

Benedict XVI
“I hope to see many of you next August, at the World Youth Day in Madrid. In the meantime, may God bless you!”

A Gospel choir sang to bid Benedict XVI farewell. Thus far the Pope has travelled 712 kilometers in internal transfers, and has seen nearly 400,000 people.