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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 discusses relations between Anglicans, Protestants, and Catholics with former students

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It all started in 1970, when Joseph Ratzinger met with his doctoral students to share ideas and discussion on theology. It's something that has continued almost every year. This meeting will mark the 36th edition and they have planned to discuss the Catholic Church's relations with Anglicans and Protestants.

This year's participants includes Cardinal Christoph Schönborn from Vienna. The Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. As well as the German Cardinal Walter Kasper, a former president of that same countil, he's someone that brings an intimate knowledge of the Lutheran faith to the meeting.

The list also includes non-Catholics.
The Protestant Ulrich Wilckens is a former student who studied under Ratzinger at the University of Regensburg but went on to become a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The meeting with former students is one of Joseph Ratzinger's few traditions that he has continued to carry out during his time as pope. It's something that the participants look forward to almost every year as they look back on the many moments they have shared over the years.


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