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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.

Benedict XVI's recognition of female figures becoming reoccurring theme

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Starting last September, it seemed almost every audience given by the Pope he paid recognition to a woman who played an important role in the Church.  The list includes Saints, mystics, authors and religious.  

In 2011 the Pope has already recognized another female Saint in his catecheses.  On January 12, he  spoke about Saint Catherine of Genoa who was best known for her vision of Purgatory and is admired for her work among the sick and the poor.  

These dedications to important female figures could be the beginning of a theme that will mark the papacy of Benedict XVI.  

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