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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.

St. Joseph Calasanctius: The Saint who founded the first free public school for the poor


"And when he died, even those who persecuted him said, 'he will be a saint'. His room was locked  and since then, no one else has lived there. It has remained  unchanged. They also took an inventory of all his things.”

From the furniture, to the ceilings, the windows and the floors are all original. In fact, several of his personal items were left intact. Like his  glasses, his prayer book, the chalice and  distinctive hat. Even his silverware and even pens and imprints he used to write thousands of letters. 

"Even if it's only to see see his office and see the oil used in his small lamp. The same one he used to write so many letters. We have about five thousand of his letters. He led the entire Order, from this his office.”

Tradition says that the Virgin appeared before him in this room. The Order is also known for being the first to take a fourth vow to educate and teach. 

Then there are the relics of St. Jose de Calasanz which of  course have a special meaning to members of this Order. His heart which honors his charity, his tongue represents his love for teaching. His head, symbolizes all his studies and his spleen, which represents his humility.