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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.

Coffin of John Paul II has been moved from it's tomb


It was a simple ceremony that was the first of the planned events for the beatification.

The casket of John Paul II is composed of three sections. One of wood, which is what was seen during the funeral, another is made of lead and the third is of timber, which is what is seen here.

At the end, the coffin was covered by a solemn white and gold fabric and then placed in front of the tomb of St. Peter. It will remain there until after the beatification ceremonies.  

The slab of stone covering the tomb to this point will be given away to the new church dedicated to the Blessed John Paul II, which is being built in Krakow, the home town of Karol Wojtyla.