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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.

Court of the Gentiles: Benedict XVI urges believers and nonbelievers to dialogue


The pope addressed the thousands who were in attendanceat the Notre Dame Cathedral, saying that God "is not a danger tosociety" but is "one of the great questions of our time."

He stressed the importance of breaking down thewalls that exist between believes and nonbelievers, which he said areoften "born of mutual ignorance, skepticism orindifference."

He noted that religions do not have to beafraid of a “fair secularism,” that allows everyone to live“according to their conscience.”

Benedict XVI said that one of the main objectives ofthe Court of the Gentiles “is to promote brotherhood” beyondbelief without denying the differences.

The conferences took place at UNESCO, the Sorbonne, andthe French Academy, meeting with the motto: “Enlightenment,religion and common reason.”

TheCourt of the Gentiles is named after the Temple Mount in Jerusalemwhere non-Jews could enter and ask religious questions.