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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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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.

Life of Pope John Paul II

2011-04-27

Early on,  Karol Wojtyla endured many challenges in life,  including the death of his mother Emilia when he was just 8 years old. He then grew close to his older brother, Edmund. But when Karol was 12,  his brother passed away. Another sister, Olga, died in infancy, before his birth.

After finishing high school, he enrolled at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow to study Polish philology. He also enrolled in acting school.  But World War II and the Nazi occupation would change his plans.

To earn a living, he started working at a stone quarry when he was 19 years old. He then went on to work at a chemical factory to avoid deportation to Germany. Three years later, he decided to join an underground seminary organized by the bishop of Krakow, Cardinal Sapieha. For years, his studies were done in secrecy.

He was ordained on  November 1, 1946, while a few friends and family members looked on. It was a journey that gave him a deeper understanding of faith and life. Throughout the years, Karol Wojtyla kept  his interest in literature and theatre.

He will always be remember for his commitment to follow Christ, his love and respect  for every person and his dedication to children, youth and the underprivileged.


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