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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.

A 'Sistine Chapel' of the Roman forum


Archaeological area (Rome)
"It was a way to teach the illiterate, those who had no access to the Bible, to relate to God and know the history of the Church. By seeing these frescoes, one could understand how to approach God and the virtuous example of the saints. So, comparing it to the Sistine Chapel, as a fresh narrative type, is absolutely relevant.”

But back then, several of the Byzantine art was destroyed by the iconoclasts, who opposed religious art.  So now that makes the art inside this church that much more special. Right in the heart of the Roman Forum, it's a true  treasure of the Byzantine era.

Archaeological area (Rome)
"In these frescoes there is a link that connects them to medieval Byzantine art. Sometimes, we tend to compare them to Chinese art, meaning expressionless and motionless, but it's not really the case. From one century to another one begins to see gestures, expressions, the use of the contour line. Then that same image shows movement and is no longer a fixed point as was the case before.”
An earthquake that struck in the IX century buried part of the Church. But the frescoes  remained intact and have survived the test of time.

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