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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's advice for Holy Week

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He explained HolyThursday is when oils are blessed for baptism,confirmation, and the ordinationof priests as well asanointing the sick and commemoratingthe institution of the Eucharist.

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Theliturgies of these days invite us to ponder the loving obedience ofChrist who, having become like us in all things but sin, resistedtemptation and freely surrendered himself to the Father’s will.”

Thepope recalled the suffering of Jesus in the Garden of Olives, whereheassumedall the suffering of humanity and transformedthe will of God.

He explained that the Apostles fell asleepand that this dream is a symbol of the callousness of the human soulto God. The Pope said the Holy Thursday night worship is a good timeto reflect on this dream or indifference to God.

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Onthe evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper beginsthe actual Triduum and recalls the institution of the sacraments ofthe Eucharist and Holy Orders.”

Healso noted that on Good Friday the Gospelsare read onthe Passion to commemoratethe Deathof Jesus. Andduring Holy Saturday theEaster Vigil is celebrated. Thisis the mainnight forthe remembrance of Jesus conquering death through his Resurrection.

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TheEaster Vigil joyfully proclaims Christ’s resurrection from the deadand the new life received in Baptism. By our prayers and our sharingin these liturgies, let us resolve to imitate Christ’s lovingobedience to the Father’s saving plan, which is the source ofauthentic freedom and the path of eternal life.”

Amongthe more than 13,000 people who attended theaudiencewere 3,500 young people whohad traveled to Rome to participatein UNIV,the Institute for University Cooperation,whichis sponsoredby Opus Dei.



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