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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.

President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers visits Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican


The pontiff asked about how education in Latvia strengthens spiritualvalues, as well as about the need to strengthen the institution ofthe family in Latvia.

At the conclusion of their visit, the President and the pope lookedat a copy of a 19th century album, Terra Mariana, which was publishedin just one copy and presented to Pope Leo XIII. The large andcolourful album speaks to the history of Christianity in Livonia.

President Zatlers recalled that the Vatican never recognised Latvia’sincorporation into the USSR and was one of the first states in theworld to recognise its independence after the Soviet Union collapsed.