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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

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Pope inaugurates the Year of Faith and invites to rediscover Second Vatican Council

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Greeting them, Pope Benedict solemnly inaugurated the Year of Faith.

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“Fifty years since the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we begin with great joy this Year of Faith”.

During his homily, Benedict XVI explained that the Year of Faith is not a simply an anniversary but a real necessity since it can help fill the emptiness felt in society today.

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“People of faith are needed who, with their own lives, point out the way to the Promised Land and keep hope alive”.

He recalled that those who participated in the Council were dedicated to showing the world the beauty of the faith. He asked that this ideal be recovered and not limited to just promoted an ideal. In order to achieve this, he called on them to rediscover the ideas of the council.   

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“...so that this interior thrust towards the new evangelization neither remain just an idea nor be lost in confusion, it needs to be built on a concrete and precise basis, and this basis is the documents of the Second Vatican Council”.

The Pope greeted with enthusiasm the main leader of the Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams, and the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, who thanked God for the improvement in relations between Catholics and Orthodox.

Before concluding the Mass, Benedict XVI gave the messages of the Council to groups of people,  including young people, artists and intellectuals.


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