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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.

WYD Rio is six months away, but organizers say it's already having an effect on the youth


The registration period is still open. Organizers say, at this point they're expecting more people than WYD in Madrid, where about 1.5 million people attended. 

About 60,000 volunteers have already signed up and the number is expected to reach 70,000.
Since September 2011
when the WYD cross began its international journey, about 4 million young Brazilians have prayed before it.

Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro

"Right now the Youth Cross is traveling all over Brazil, really through all its dioceses as a way to invite young people to Rio de Janeiro. There's also a monthly vigil in the city to pray for World Youth Day.”

Director, Pastoral Preparation and Catechesis WYD Rio 2013

"We have many other big venues that are coming, like the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympic Games. So World Youth Day will open these big events, and now I think we have all the cooperation that we need.”

At this point organizers say they have about 200,000 sites to accommodate and house some of the pilgrims. Since registration is still open, they expect those numbers to increase before the big day.

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