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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 calls for respect for the “legitimate religious differences” to build peace

2012-09-12

Benedict XVI
"Let us ask God to give this part of the world their desired peace while respecting legitimate differences. I urge all Christians in the Middle East, both those who were born there, and those who later arrived there, to be peacemakers and agents of reconciliation.”

His words were not directed toward the assault on the consulate but rather the current situation in Lebanon, where the Pope will travel to on Friday. It's a country where Christians have a long history of living in peace with other faiths.

But still many Christians are fleeing the Middle East due to the political and social instability. There has also been a large amount of discrimination against Christians in the region. 

Benedict XVI
"I call on the whole Church to solidarity, so that they can continue to give witness to Christ in these blessed lands, seeking communion in unity."

After the deaths were confirmed by the US government, the Vatican came out with it's own statement saying "the essential premise for peaceful coexistence among peoples is the deep respect for the beliefs, texts, great characters and symbols of different religions.”


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