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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.

Westminster Abbey Choir performs for Pope in St. Peter's Basilica

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The importance of the occasion was felt by members of both Churches.

Rev. James Hawkey
Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey

"There's a feeling that there are these two extraordinary historic and extraordinary artistic cultural institutions, coming together to form an extraordinary ecumenical project, which is truly unprecedented.”

The two choirs spent time practicing together so they could each learn the songs they would sing such as the Papae Marcelli. The musical line-up was a mix that came from the Anglican and Catholic tradition.

The presence of the Westminster Choir at the Vatican was an act that would have been unthinkable in other time periods between the two Churches.

Rev. James Hawkey
Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey

"What we're not just doing together is a joint concert, we're both singing within the liturgy. FLASH There's a strong sense in which our Churches discover new layers of mutual relationship, new layers of belonging together within this partnership.”

The Abbey Choir was invited to Rome after the pope's visit to the United Kingdom in 2010 when he attended a prayer at Westminster Abbey.

Benedict XVI also shares a special relationship with the Anglican Primate, Archbishop Rowan Williams, who will visit Rome in October to speak to the synod of Catholic bishops on the New Evangelization.


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