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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 attends candlelit procession in the Vatican for the anniversary of the Council

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BENEDICT XVI
"In the past fifty years we have learned and experienced that original sin exists and renders itself, again and again, in personal sins, which can also become structures of sin. We have seen that in the field of the Lord there is always the weeds. We have seen that in the net of Peter are also bad fish. We have seen that human frailty is also present in the Church.”

The Pope, who was at the Council as a theological advisor to the then Cardinal of Cologne,  recalled that despite the challenges, there was every reason to be satisfied.

BENEDICT XVI
"We also had a new experience of the presence of the Lord, of his goodness, his strength. The fire of the Holy Spirit, the fire of Christ is not a consuming, distructive fire, it is a silent fire, it is a small flame of goodness, kindness and truth, which transforms.”

Indeed, 50 years ago, the day when the Second Vatican Council opened, there was a candlelight procession, similar to this one in St. Peter's Square. Benedict XVI concluded in the gathering in the same way: by asking the pilgrims to return home and give a kiss to their sons and daughters on behalf of the Pope.


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