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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.

Lambs raised for pallium ceremony presented to Pope

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The Latin word for lamb is agnus, the root for the female name Agnes. Henceforth, during the feast day of St. Agnes, January 21, this ceremony takes place, where the lambs, blessed at the Rome's St. Anges Basilica, are then presented to the Pope.

The people tasked with raising the lambs are the monks from Abadia di Tre Fontane, while the people responsible for shearing them and knitting the pallia are Benedictine Nuns of St. Cecilia.

The pallium is an honor bestowed upon the Pope and the archbishops. It consists of a white wool sash that drapes around the shoulders, with six black wool crosses embroidered longways.


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