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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 explains the purpose of fasting during Lent


Benedict XVI
"Today theChurch celebrates Ash Wednesday, the beginning of her Lenten journeytowards Easter. The Christian life is itself a constant journey ofconversion and renewal in the company of the Lord.”

ThePope recalled that fasting, alms-giving and prayer help to deepenfaith and commit to living the Gospel.

He noted that fastingis not just to deprive yourself but to leada more moderatelife. Heasked everyoneto give alms and do good deeds for others aswell as stressingthe importance ofpiousand intenseprayersduring Lent.

BenedictXVI also said that Lent is a good time to renew the commitments thatare acquiredin Baptism.

Benedict XVI
Aswe accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open ourhearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritualjourney is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting,almsgiving and prayer.”

Forthe pope,Lent is less abouttheobserved laws and precepts andmore about the person coming closer to Christ.

Amongthe 7,000 peoplein the audience was a Germanband thatdedicated a song for their countryman, Benedict XVI.