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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 meets with families of piracy victims


"I pray for their families to be strong in faith and to not lose hope in meeting soon with their loved ones". 

After the Angelus, the Pope met privately with some of the familymembers of those who are being held captive by pirates.

Currently there are more than 800 hostages. Last year there was arecord high of 445 attacks, 53 ships were held hostage and 1181sailors were kidnapped.

Modern piracy has become so serious, the Pontifical Council for thePastoral Care of Migrants will hold a conference to analyze the issuein 2012.

In the Angelus, the Pope also talked about the feast of St. Benedict,patron saint of Europe. The Pope said that saint in particular, is agreat example of how one should listen to the Gospel.

"Wemust learn from the great patriarch of western monasticism to giveGod His rightful place-the first place. Offering prayer in themorning, afternoon and even in daily activities.”

Benedict XVI noted that all Christians must learn from this saint, bychoosing God above everything else.