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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.

Reproducing the Trees from the Mount of Olives

2012-10-23

FR. PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA
Custodian of the Holy Land
"These olive trees, they are about 1,000 years old. We've been able to prove this through the trunk, the wood and also through the tradition of the Church. The trees were there before the time of the Middle Ages. What we see is that ancient Christian communities preserved these trees in a special way."

The trees are in good condition, considering they were planted roughly 2,000 years ago.  The study reveals that these eight trees have the same origin and DNA.

ANTONIO CIMATO
Coordinator Scientific Investigation
"It was difficult to identify the units or pieces that could be useful in the investigation. Especially since many of them didn't have a trunk. Now we are planning of taking the investigation even further in the Mount of Olives.”

With the help of technology, scientists want to reproduce those eight olive trees within ten to twenty years. Organizers say it's a unique way to preserve the Garden that witnessed the suffering of Jesus.


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