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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.

Angelus: The pope reflects on life after death

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Benedict XVI
“Death represents for us a wall we are unable to see over; even though our hearts reach out beyond, and even though we cannot know what it hides ... we imagine it, expressing our desire for eternity through symbols”

The pope acknowledged that for many it may be difficult to believe in life after death because it exceeds the bounds of reason and requires an effort of faith.

Benedict XVI
“Christ breaks down the wall of death, and in Him there resides the fullness of God, which is life, eternal life. Therefore death had no power over Him; the resurrection of Lazarus is a sign of his full dominion over mortal death, which is like sleep before God.”

Benedict XVI referred to sin as a spiritual death and explained that Jesus died on the cross to save us from this type of “death.”

Benedict XVI
“But there is another death, against which Christ fought hard; and for which he paid on the cross: spiritual death, sin, which threatens to ruin the existence of every man.”


Benedict XVI noted that the resurrection of Jesus opened the chance for all mankind to arrive in heaven.

The pope also remembered the anniversary of the plane crash that killed the president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski along with 96 other people as they traveled to commemorate the massacre of Katyn. Benedict XVI said the prayers of all the Polish people were bound together by this tragic event that occurred one year ago.

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