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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.

Jerome Lejeune, the French doctor who 'discovered' the cause of Down Syndrome


This Rimini exhibit titled "What is man, that one is mindful of him?” is dedicated to the French doctor.

The exhibit includes images of Lejeune's house, including photographs of his daughter Clara working in the lab. Also in the exhibit is his personal diary and the microscope used to discover the abnormality.

The issue itself is quite timely since on August 20th a new controversy come about when a German pharmaceutical company began marketing a test to detect if a fetus had Down Syndrome. For the French doctor, the goal wasn't just to detect the extra chromosome, but to find a way to actually cure those affected. It's a mission that continues to this day with the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.